Albany Symphony Orchestra

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The Albany Symphony Orchestra is a professional symphony orchestra based in Albany, New York.

Founded in 1930 as the People's Orchestra of Albany by Italian-born conductor John Carabella, the Albany Symphony is the oldest professional symphony orchestra based in New York's Capital District. The orchestra annually performs at performance venues such as the Palace Theatre in Albany, and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.

David Alan Miller has served as Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra since 1992.[1] Former music directors have included John Carabella, Rudolf Thomas, Ole Windingstad, Edgar Curtis, Julius Hegyi, and Geoffrey Simon.

The Albany Symphony celebrated its 75th anniversary during the 2005/2006 season, which included solo appearances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, violinist Yura Lee, baritone Nathan Myers, violinist Colin Jacobsen, pianist Joel Fan, violinist Jonathan Gandelsman, clarinetist Susan Martula, pianist Findlay Cockrell, percussionist Colin Currie flutist Paolo Bortolussi, pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Frederic Lacroix. Also during the season, the Albany Symphony presented several world premiere performances of commissioned works by composers such as Stephen Dankner, Michael Woods, Bun Ching Lam, Carolyn Yarnell, and Michael Torke.

The Albany Symphony has performed with a wide variety of guest artists, including violinist Joshua Bell who was featured during the orchestra's 77th season in a concert that included Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and selections from West Side Story.

Since the 1980s, the Albany Symphony has released more than 20 CDs, encompassing nearly 60 works, for New World Records, CRI, Albany Records, Argo, Naxos, and London/Decca.

The Albany Symphony is unique in its mission statement to perform new works by modern composers, thereby exposing audiences to a new generation of orchestral music.

The orchestra won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2014 for its recording of John Corigliano's Conjurer - Concerto for Percussionist & String Orchestra with soloist Evelyn Glennie on the Naxos label.[2]

Music Directors[edit]

  • John Carabella (1930-1938)
  • Rudolph Thomas (1939-1944)
  • Ole Windingstad (1945-1947)
  • Edgar Curtis (1948-1954)
  • Geoffrey Simon (1987- 1991)

Discography[edit]

  • Peter Mennin. Albany Records 260
Peter Mennin: Concertato, "Moby Dick"
Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 5
Peter Mennin: Fantasia for String Orchestra
Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 6
  • Morton Gould. Albany Records 300
Morton Gould: Show Piece for Orchestra
Morton Gould: Piano Concerto (Randall Hodgkinson, piano)
Morton Gould: StringMusic
  • The Great American Ninth. Albany Records 350
Roy Harris: Memories of a Child's Sunday
Roy Harris: Symphony No. 9
Roy Harris: Symphony No. 8 (Alan Feinberg, piano)
  • Brutal Reality. Albany Records 354
Richard Adams: Brutal Reality
Arthur Bloom: Life is Like a Box of Chocolates
Evan Chambers: Concerto for Fiddle, Violin and Orchestra (Jill Levy, violin;
Nollaig Casey, fiddle)
John Fitz Rogers: Verge
Kamran Ince: Fest for Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra
  • John Harbison. Albany Records 390
John Harbison: The Most Often Used Chords
John Harbison: Symphony No. 3
John Harbison: Flute Concerto (Randolph Bowman, flute)
  • Don Gillis. Albany Records 391
Don Gillis: Symphony "x" (The Big D)
Don Gillis: Shindig
Don Gillis: Encore Concerto (Alan Feinberg, piano)
Don Gillis: Symphony No. 5 - 1/2
  • Benjamin Lees. Albany Records 441
Andrew Bishop: Crooning
Allen Shawn: Piano Concerto (Ursula Oppens, piano)
Paul Creston: Dance Overture
Benjamin Lees: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ian Hobson, piano)
  • George Lloyd. Albany Reocords 458
George Lloyd: Cello Concerto (Anthony Ross, cello)
George Lloyd: Orchestral Suite No. 1 from "The Serf"
  • Gould & Harris. Albany Records 515
Roy Harris: Symphony No. 2
Morton Gould: Symphony No. 3
  • William Schuman. Albany Records 566
William Schuman: Credendum
William Schuman: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (John McCabe, piano)
William Schuman: Symphony No. 4
  • Lopatnikoff, Helps, Thomson & Kurka. Albany Records 591
Nikolai Lopatnikoff: Festival Overture
Robert Helps: Concerto No. 2 for Piano & Orchestra (Alan Feinberg, piano)
Virgil Thomson: Filling Station (complete ballet)
Robert Kurka: Symphony No. 2, Op. 24
  • Morton Gould Symphony No. 2. Albany Records 605
Steven Stucky: Son et Lumiere
Gabriel Ian Gould: Watercolors (Robert Sheena, English horn)
John Harbison: Cello Concerto (David Finckel, cello)
Morton Gould: Symphony No. 2, "On Marching Tunes"
  • Vincent Persichetti. Albany Records 771
  • Torke: Strawberry Fields. Ecstatic Records 92208
Michael Torke: Strawberry Fields
Michael Torke: Pentecost for soprano and orchestra (Margaret Lloyd, soprano)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albany Symphony Orchestra Official web site - Conductor Bio. Accessed January 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Santo, Alysia (27 January 2014). "Albany Symphony Orchestra wins first Grammy". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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