Georgia’s Albany Symphony, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, and “The Sound of Change”

Posted on: October 31, 2019

Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harp in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, “will perform Saturday evening in a landmark Albany Symphony Orchestra concert,” writes Jim Hendricks in Tuesday’s (10/29) Albany Herald (Albany, GA). The concert, entitled “The Sound of Change,” is being presented with the Albany Civil Rights Institute (ACRI). “Frank Wilson, ACRI’s executive director, said, ‘It’s a historic opportunity to have someone of the caliber of Ann Hobson Pilot appear at the Civil Rights Institute.’ … [Pilot] will join the ASO in performing pieces written by a diverse group of composers,” including John Williams, Jessie Montgomery, William Grant Still, and Claude Debussy. In the week before the concert, “Pilot will visit with students at the Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts … [and attend] a reception at the Albany Museum of Art. At noon Friday, she will sit in on the weekly Albany State University music students’ seminar.” Music Director Claire Fox Hillard said, “I got to know Ann Hobson Pilot over the years … and to have her come here as a soloist—and me to conduct with her as a soloist—is just a childhood dream come to full fruition.” The League of American Orchestras gave its highest honor, the Gold Baton, to Pilot in 2017.

Posted October 31, 2019