Albany Symphony Returns with Reimagined Season

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The Albany Symphony unveiled its reimagined 2020-2021 season, which will include breath-taking world premieres, concertos with brilliant soloists, as well as iconic masterworks. Curated by GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, the season brings to life an amazing array of new and recent works by a panoply of fabulous living composers who are forging new ways to create art reflecting our time and place, major masterpieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and others, and dazzling solo performances by artists including Inon Barnatan, Melissa White, Karen Hosmer and Grace Shryock.

The newly reimagined season will be presented virtually to ensure safety for concert patrons. As restrictions are lifted, live audiences will be invited back into the concert hall. All concerts will be performed live, in real time, on Capital Region stages, by Albany Symphony musicians conducted by Music Director, David Alan Miller.

David Alan Miller

“I am so excited to present the Albany Symphony’s new, reimagined 2020-21 season to you,” said Music Director David Alan Miller. “While it is designed to adapt to our current world, it is every bit as beautiful, passionate, and life-affirming as any season we have ever presented, bringing you glorious music past and present. When we developed our original 2020/2021 season, we planned a season thatcelebrated composers whose artistry reflected their triumph over adversity. Our newly reimagined season continues along those lines and is an affirmation of creativity. We will continue to trace heroic journeys by great composers of the past and by a very diverse group of the most exciting composers of our own time. I’m particularly thrilled by the many gorgeous new and recent works we’ll be introducing this season.”

The season kicks off on October 24, 2020 with a program featuring Michael Daugherty’s This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. A joyful celebration of a great American musical hero, This Land Sings is a perfect way to celebrate voting and the election season. The Symphony released its new CD of the work on NAXOS last spring to great critical acclaim.

Another highlight of the reimagined season celebrates Beethoven, just days before his 250th birthday in December. “By featuring two of Beethoven’s earliest major orchestral masterpieces, Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 1, we want to showcase the young composer just beginning to take the world by storm,” said Miller. “And by including Michael Torke’s riveting Beethoven-inspired work,Ash, and Extra(ordinarily) Fancy, a gorgeous double oboe concerto by Viet Cuong, we are celebrating the modernity and relevance of Beethoven’s artistic vision.”

The 2020-2021 season features a brilliant collection of new works, including seven world premieres, by a magnificent assortment of extraordinary composers, including Andre Myers, Viet Cuong, Jessie Montgomery, Caroline Shaw, Tyson Davis, Tanner Porter, Michael Torke, George Tsontakis, Carlos Bandera, Nina Shekhar, Clarice Assad, Molly Joyce, Chris Theofanidis, and Alexis Lamb.

The season also features iconic works by great composers of the past. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 will feature soloist Inon Barnatan. The orchestra will perform symphonies by Haydn and Schubert, and Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in its exquisite, seldom-heard original version. Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 will be presented in beautiful chamber orchestra versions.

The 2020-2021 season runs from October through the American Music Festival in June. An Albany Symphony subscription includes all streamed events and in-person concerts once they can safely resume. Because of social distancing, seating will be available only to subscribers. Purchasing a subscription will guarantee tickets for in-person concerts. Subscriptions are available by calling the Albany Symphony Box Office at 518-694-3300. For more information about the Albany Symphony and the 2020-2021 Season Reimagined, visitwww.albanysymphony.com.

2020-2021 REIMAGINED SEASON PROGRAMS

October 24, 2020
Michael Daugherty, This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano
Michael Maliakel, baritone

November 14, 2020
Claude Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Andre Myers, New Commission
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4 (chamber orchestra version)
Chelsea Fingal DeSouza, soprano

December 12, 2020
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Creatures of Prometheus, Overture and Finale
Michael Torke, Ash
Viet Cuong, Extra(ordinarily) Fancy – Double Oboe Concerto
Karen Hosmer, Grace Shryock, oboes
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No. 1

January 9, 2021
Jessie Montgomery, Banner
Jean Sibelius, Andante Festivo
Caroline Shaw, Entr’acte
George Walker, Lyric for Strings
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings

February 13, 2021
Sir William Walton, Facade
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, narrator
Tyson Davis, New Commission
Johannes Brahms, Serenade No. 1 (original version)

March 13, 2021
Ottorino Respighi, Trittico Botticelliano
Carlos Bandera, New Commission
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 (chamber orchestra version)
Inon Barnatan, piano

April 24, 2021
Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 46
George Tsontakis, Violin Concerto No. 2
Melissa White, violin
Tanner Porter, New Commission
Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 5

American Music Festival: June 12, 2021
Nina Shekhar, New Commission
Clarice Assad, Folk Tales, Double Guitar Concerto’
Brasil Guitar Duo
Molly Joyce/Theofanidis, Songs
Alexis Lamb, New Commission

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