Grammy Awards

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  This week, Grammy Award-winning Music Director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony announced the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season; presenting a mix of cutting-edge classical and traditional live symphonic performances.

This weekend, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall hosts a pair of Albany Symphony concerts which will feature solo performances from Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch.

Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Tuba Concerto and Reflections on the Mississippi composed by Michael Daugherty, both will spotlight Jantsch’s solo triumphs. The concert’s repertoire will conclude with a passionate performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 by the Albany Symphony.

Albany Symphony Maestro David Alan Miller, Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch, from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and composer Michael Daugherty join us.

  Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble committed to exploring the full potential of the human voice through study with masters from non-classical traditions all over the world. They won a Grammy Award last year for their self-titled album.

They are having a busy week! Roomful of Teeth will be performing at Proctors in Schenectady, followed by the last leg of an extended residency at Williams College and a visit to the The Long Trail School in Dorset, VT. They will perform at Proctors on 2/11 and at Williams College on 2/13.

Their concert at Proctors will contain the first Capital Region performance of “Partita” – the Pulitzer prize winning piece by composer and Roomful of Teeth member, Caroline Shaw. At Williams they will be premiering a work that was written for them and the Williams Concert Choir.

   The Albany Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Classical Instrumental solo for its recording of composer John Corigliano's "Conjurer — Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra," recorded in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

This percussion concerto was conducted by David Alan Miller who joins us this morning to tell us how much a Grammy weighs and about their upcoming concert at The Palace in Albany, featuring Ravel’s Bolero, selections from Wagner’s powerful, historic opera Tristan and Isolde, and more.

A musical group who makes its creative home at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is now a GRAMMY award winner.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy award.   The 80-year old Orchestra gets its first grammy nomination for its recording of composer John Corigliano’s “Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” featuring the world-acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, with maestro David Alan Miller of Delmar. The nod comes under the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. The recording was released earlier this year.

Herbert London: Civilizational Discontents

Mar 13, 2013

The barrier between barbarism and civilization is gossamer-thin, a layer of taboos that separates mankind from its base nature. An impulse to ascend is most often pushed into the armory of descent.

Nowhere was this more apparent than the recent Grammy Awards for musical “excellence.” Here were the half literate providing referential status to the half talented. Most of what I heard is dissonance. It was as if music is faintly related to the sounds emerging from electrified instruments.