The healing power of music returns to area concert halls

The Doric Quartet, pictured, with guest pianist Jonathan Biss, will open the Capital Region Classical season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Union College’s Memorial Chapel. (photo provided)

The Doric Quartet, pictured, with guest pianist Jonathan Biss, will open the Capital Region Classical season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Union College’s Memorial Chapel. (photo provided)

At long last, live concerts will be back in October for several classical music and dance series. The idea is to aim for a normal season, at least as much as possible with each venue having its own social protocols. The following list is alphabetical and includes chamber music, orchestra and dance.

Albany Symphony Orchestra

“We’re celebrating our return in person to share glowing music of life-affirming pieces,” said music director David Alan Miller. “And because it’s my 30th anniversary, I got some leeway to pick some of my favorites.”

The opening concert is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Palace Theatre featuring the Lemminkäinen Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony # 3 (“Eroica”) and Jessie Montgomery’s “Coincident Dances.”

Among the highlights of the rest of the season includes conductor Erina Yashima, who is the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new assistant conductor, this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania Leon’s winning piece, a George Gershwin celebration, and a piano concerto from John Williams of “Star Wars” fame, who is expected to appear in person. Concerts in October and November will also be streamed live for those not ready to attend in person. Check out for ticket information.

Albany Pro Musica

Artistic Director Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo said audiences needed the healing power of music this season so he chose music on the theme of love, hope and compassion. The opening concert is at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with the full chorus.

“The theme will be love in all its forms from platonic to romantic, secular to sacred, intimate to universal,” he said.

Other season highlights include a premiere from composer-in-residence Bradley Ellingboe; a guest appearance from violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn; music of Rachmaninoff and the Brahms’ Requiem. Find out more at

Capital Region Classical

Artistic director Derek Delaney said he was “thrilled to welcome back our audience and am truly grateful that we’ll be able to experience our world-class artists together again. . . it will be quite emotional to hear the first notes of Beethoven’s first string quartet resounding in our hall.”

This is the series’ 50th anniversary, which began as the Union College Concert Series.

The opening concert is with the Doric Quartet with guest pianist Jonathan Biss 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in a program of Beethoven, Bartok and Elgar. At 3 p.m. Oct. 17, the Belcea Quartet will perform also at the Chapel in a program of Schubert, Shostakovich and Brahms. Then at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Belcea will return to play Mozart, Szymanowski and Schubert. Ten other concerts follow through February. Check for tickets.

The Egg

Dance returns for the sixth year with Dance in Albany, a collaboration with the University at Albany’s Performing Arts Center. Rennie Harris Puremovement will be 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in “Nuttin’ But a Word,” an exhilarating choreography of street dance presented by the company’s incredibly skilled artists.

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra

The season opens under music director Charles Peltz at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls with music by Mendelssohn, Picker and Leon Boellmann. A highlight of the season will be their next concert in November at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center with Evan Mack’s concert version of his opera “Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena.” Check

Hubbard Hall

Flamenco Vivo, based in Brooklyn, will give a one-night presentation at 6 p.m. today (Oct. 3) of Tablao Flamenco with an international cast of dancers and musicians. Their appearance at the hall, which is based in Cambridge, is in collaboration also with the University at Albany. Tablao are named after the wooden floor used by the dancers. The up-close performance will allow audiences to feel the dynamic interplay among the dancers, guitarists and singers that creates an explosive energy as the artists inspire each other to challenge and embrace spontaneity. At 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Music from Salem gives its fall concert of four-hand piano and viola works by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff.

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

A new performing space and an opera are part of what music director Glen Cortese and the musicians will celebrate in the 88th season. Opening at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” — a collaboration with Skidmore College — will be presented. For further information check or

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

The famed hall’s live music schedule is set, but the only classical event is Chanticleer at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The Grammy Award-winning all-male ensemble will entertain with its customary dazzling virtuosity in a wide-ranging repertoire. Check

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