ASO announces 2013-14 season

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Albany Symphony Orchestra music director David Alan Miller, coming off the blockbuster success of Yo-Yo Ma’s sell-out performance last month, on Thursday announced the ASO’s 2013-14 season.

The featured concert will be a special gala performance next January with acclaimed pianist Andre Watts, who is slated to fill the Palace Theatre with the sweeping Romantic grandeur of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

Watts previously performed with the ASO in 1995, and has been a frequent guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, having performed the Brahms piece in 1997 at SPAC.

Another superstar performer slated to play with the ASO is Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Scottish percussionist who was featured during the Olympics opening ceremonies in London last year. She will be the featured soloist of the May 17, 2014, American Music Festival at EMPAC in Troy, performing “Strike Zones” by Joan Tower.

Known for featuring the work of new composers, the ASO season includes three world premieres of pieces by Clarice Assad, Aaron Jay Kernis and Conor Brown.

The ASO is also known mixing new with old, and the season will include cherished works such as Ravel’s “Bolero,” Tschaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Barber’s Violin Concerto.

For ticket information, contact the Albany Symphony Orchestra at 465-4755 or visit

The complete season

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany
Soloist: Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Program: Clarice Assad – New Work (world premiere); Shostakovich – Violin Concerto No. 1; Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4

Faure & Schumann
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20
Where: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 Second St., Troy
Soloist: Andrew Russo, piano
Program: Fauré – “Pelléas et Mélisande,” suite; Aaron Jay Kernis – Concertino for Piano & Orchestra (world premiere); Ravel – “Pavane pour une infante défunte” (Pavane for a dead princess); Schumann – Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

Brahms’ First Symphony
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
Where: Palace Theatre
Soloist: Jeffrey Kahane, guest conductor/soloist
Program: Thomas Adés – Three Studies from Couperin; Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 22; Brahms – Symphony No. 1

Selections from The Messiah & More
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
Where: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Soloists: Luosha Fang, Shawn Moore, violin; students & alumni of the graduate vocal arts program of the bard college conservatory of music
Program: Handel – selections from the Messiah and Judas Maccabeus: overture; George Tsontakis – “Unforgettable” for two violins & orchestra; Bach – Cantata No. 63 (“Christen, Atzet Diesen Tag)

Bolero & Wagner
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Where: Palace Theatre
Soloist: Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone
Program: Wagner – Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan and Isolde”; Christopher Rouse – Trombone Concerto; Ravel – “Ma mere l’oye” (Mother Goose Suite); Ravel – “Bolero”

Beethoven’s Third
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2
Where: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Soloists: Blair McMillen, piano
Program: Stravinsky – Octet for Winds; Joan Tower – “Rapids” for Piano & Orchestra; Conor Brown – New Work (world premiere); Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Palace Theatre
Soloist: Simone Porter, violin
Program: Chen Yi – “Caramoor’s Summer”; Barber – Violin Concerto; Rimsky-Korsakov – “Scheherazade”

American Music Festival
When:  7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014
Where: EMPAC, 110 Eighth St., Troy
Soloist: Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion
Program: Copland – Three Latin-American Sketches; Clarice Assad – “Scattered” concerto for piano & scat singing; Joan Tower – “Strike Zones” for percussion & orchestra; John Harbison – Symphony No. 4

Additional concerts
These concerts aren’t part of the the regular 8-concert season, but special deals are available to those who become subscribers to the ASO.

The Magic of Christmas
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Where: Palace Theatre

André Watts Plays Brahms
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
Where: Palace Theatre
Soloist: André Watts, piano
Program: Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2; Verdi – “La Forza del Destino” overture; Dan Visconti – “Black Bend”; Strauss Jr. – Emperor Waltzes, “Pleasure Train” polka

Cirque de la Symphonie
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: Palace Theatre


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