The Albany Symphony unveiled its celebratory 2021-2022 season, which features masterworks including Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Beethoven’s Eroica, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, as well as new works by a wide array of today’s composers.
The programming for this season has been curated by 2021 and 2013 Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, who is celebrating 30 years as music director. After a challenging year, the season honors the community and everyone who loves and finds inspiration in music.
The concerts will take place in Capital Region concert halls, and streaming options will also be available for subscribers and ticket-buyers,
“We are thrilled to be able to share some of the greatest works of all times with our subscribers and patrons, especially after an enormously challenging, difficult year,” said Miller. “We will perform many of our very favorite classics, from Scheherazade to Mozart’s Jupiter and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphonies. And, we will also celebrate many of the most exciting composers of our time, including Jessie Montgomery, Viet Cuong, and my dear friend Tania León. I’m looking forward to several exciting commissions and world premieres and feel so fortunate to be joined in my anniversary season by so many creative artists and great performers who mean so much to me.”
The season opens in October with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, which marks the beginning of Beethoven’s innovative middle period. The concert will also feature another composer Jessie Montgomery. Her Coincident Dances is inspired by the sounds of New York’s Lower East Side, capturing the frenetic energy and multicultural aural palette one hears when walking through the neighborhood. Montgomery grew up in the city.
The year will be filled with many classics. These include Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle,” Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Sibelius’ Symphony No.1, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” Mozart’s last great symphonic masterpiece. The season will also include selections from The Nutcracker at holiday time.
Many of American composers will also be celebrated throughout the season. Viet Cuong’s, Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned by the Albany Symphony, will have its world premiere in November. Renowned composer Tania León will be featured with a recent work. The season brings first-time and returning composers to the Albany Symphony stage, including Hannah Kendall, Vivian Fung and Alexis Lamb.
Additionally, George Tsontakis’ Requiem will be given its world premiere in the spring with the Bard College Chorus. Tsontakis is a distinguished faculty member at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and was an Albany Symphony composer-in-residence for many years. His music has been performed throughout the world. The season ends with the American Music Festival, “Trailblaze, featuring John Corigliano’s new Saxophone Concerto and the first American performance of John Williams’ Scherzo for Piano & Orchestra,” along with a world premiere by Nina Shekhar and one of Steven Stucky’s final works.
The 2021-2022 season features several soloists. Violist Richard O’Neill, who won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Soloist with the Albany Symphony, will perform William Walton’s Viola Concerto. Eric Berlin, Albany Symphony’s principal trumpet, will perform Christopher Rouse’s Heimdahl’s Trumpet, and Peter Kolkay will perform Rouse’s Bassoon Concerto. Maya Buchanan will perform Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto under the baton of guest conductor Erina Yashima, assistant conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Pianist Gloria Cheng and saxophonist Timothy McAllister will join the Albany Symphony at its nationally-acclaimed American Music Festival.
The 2021-2022 season runs from October through the American Music Festival in June. 2022.
Subscriptions offer patrons the opportunity to purchase their favorite seat before tickets go on sale to the general public. The Compose Your Own season subscriptions offers flexibility and convenience. Through the Nielsen Associates’ Student Access Program, students can purchase discount subscriptions and enjoy the full benefits of being a subscriber for as little as $45. To purchase a subscription online, visit http://www.albanysymphony.com or call the Albany Symphony Box Office at 518-694-3300.
**Artists, programs, venues and dates subject to change. For more on these performances, visit albanysymphony.com.
Palace Theatre, Oct. 9, 2021
BRAHMS FIRST PIANO CONCERTO
Venue and date in November 2021 to be confirmed
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Palace Theatre – date in December 2021 to be confirmed
Venue and date in December 2021 to be confirmed
Palace Theatre, Jan. 8, 2022
Proctors, Feb. 12, 2022
GERSHWIN IN THE ROARING 20s: KEVIN COLE RETURNS!
Venue and date in the spring 2022 to be confirmed
SIBELIUS NO. 1
Venue and date in March 2022 to be confirmed
Venue and date in April 2022 to be confirmed
JOHN WILLIAMS – STAR WARS & MORE!
Palace Theatre, date in May 2022 to be confirmed
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – TRAILBLAZE
Venue to be confirmed, June 4, 2022