ALBANY — Music Director David Alan Miller and the musicians of the Albany Symphony return to the stage for the start of the orchestra’s 2022-2023 Season with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s glorious Fifth Symphony; Joel Thompson’s An Act of Resistance, his cry for peace; and the Albany Symphony debut of pianist Stewart Goodyear, playing Edvard Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto.
“We are so excited to welcome our entire Capital Region community to join us for the Albany Symphony’s Opening Night Concert,” said Music Director David Alan Miller. “It will be a glorious evening of great music, featuring two monumental Romantic masterpieces, Tchaikovsky’s luminous Fifth Symphony and the dazzling Piano Concerto that Edvard Grieg wrote when he was a mere 24 years old. We are delighted to welcome the great Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear to join us for the first time, and are also thrilled that one of America’s most exciting young composers, Joel Thompson, will be with us for his inspirational work about love and understanding, ‘An Act of Resistance.’”
Tickets for Albany Symphony’s opening night concert are $20 to $65 and are available at 518-694-3300, AlbanySymphony.com, and the Albany Symphony Box Office at 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany.
The Albany Symphony celebrates our living musical heritage through its adventurous programming, commissioning and recording of new work, and broad community engagement beyond the concert hall.
Recognized as one of American’s most innovative and creative orchestras, the two-time Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony is renowned for virtuosic performances featuring classic orchestral favorites, lesser-heard masterworks, and a diverse array of new music from leading and emerging voices of today. The Symphony has received more ASCAP Awards than any other orchestra in America, as well as several Grammy nominations, including the orchestra’s most recent win in 2021.
Led by Music Director David Alan Miller, the Symphony presents a core classical series throughout the region, each featuring a world-premiere or recent composition; a multi-day American Music Festival that celebrates established and emerging living composers; performances by its cutting-edge new music chamber ensemble, the Dogs of Desire; and a family series and holiday concerts in collaboration with youth performing arts groups. The Albany Symphony’s award-winning education programs include Symphony in Our Schools, which brings musicians into classrooms for interactive music education.
Founded in 1930 in New York’s Capital District, the Albany Symphony serves a diverse regional audience covering more than seven counties and parts of three states. In addition to an eight-concert subscription season, an annual multi-day American Music Festival including performances by the orchestra’s genre-bending ensemble Dogs of Desire, and a host of education and community outreach events, the Albany Symphony regularly serves as an ambassador for new music and Upstate innovation beyond the Capital Region.
Two-time Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. As music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach, and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. He and the orchestra have twice appeared at “Spring For Music,” an annual festival of America’s most creative orchestras at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, and at the SHIFT Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Other accolades include Columbia University’s 2003 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming, and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.