Georgia’s Albany Symphony to branch out with new venues in 2019-20

Posted on: July 29, 2019

“The Albany Symphony Orchestra is getting ready for a new performance season that will see the symphony performing at different Albany venues,” writes Jim Hendricks in Tuesday’s (7/23) Albany Herald (Albany, GA). “ ‘We are shaking it up a little bit,’ … ASO Executive Director Joelle Fryman said…. ‘The Municipal Auditorium is still our home, but different venues work really well for different concerts, and we’re taking full advantage of those opportunities.’ … Those partnerships will start with the season’s first Saturday-evening Masterworks concert … on Nov. 2 at Old Mt. Zion Church [featuring] nationally known Ann Hobson-Pilot as guest harp soloist. ‘We’re excited to be working with the Albany Civil Rights Institute for the Nov. 2 concert with Ann Hobson-Pilot,’ Fryman said.… Hired in 1969 by the Boston Symphony as assistant principal harpist and principal harpist, Hobson-Pilot was the first African-American woman to be in a major symphony orchestra…. Fryman said she anticipates ‘a packed house.’ ” Also planned are two holiday performances at Albany State University’s West Campus Theater; pay-as-you-can open Saturday dress rehearsals; and “Symphony Sunday” performances at Pretoria Fields Brewery featuring musicians from the ASO during months when the orchestra does not perform full-orchestra concerts.

Posted July 29, 2019