“Reporting its third consecutive year of record-breaking growth in ticket subscription sales, the Albany Symphony Orchestra announced its 2017-18 Masterwork Series concert season” on February 15, writes Ali Hibbs in Wednesday’s (2/22) Spotlight News (Delmar, N.Y.). The lineup “includes Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring,’ Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony … Tchaikovsky’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ a Gershwin ‘immersion’ experience, and a Hollywood-themed opening gala showcasing John Williams’ ‘Star Wars Suite.’ Masterwork performances also often feature at least one piece by a contemporary American composer…. In addition to eleven major performances, three family concerts and ten festival events scheduled during the 2017-2018 season, the Albany Symphony will perform its annual Magic of Christmas concert … and five ‘Tiny Tots’ concerts.” Also planned are two concerts by Dogs of Desire, the eighteen-member contemporary music ensemble Music Director David Alan Miller formed in 1994. Upcoming concerts in the current season include “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and The American Music Festival in early June, which will feature Composer-in-Residence Reena Esmail and was inspired by the bicentennial of the Erie Canal.” Among those quoted in the article are David Alan Miller, ASO Board Chair Marisa Eisemann, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
Posted February 28, 2017