The Albany Symphony is busy this weekend with concerts set for Schenectady, Albany and Amsterdam, as part of its 2022 American Music Festival: TrailBlaze NY, a month-long celebration of new music in the Capital Region and Upper Hudson Valley.
It started earlier this month with shows in Troy and Cohoes with performances featuring the leading and emerging musicians.
“The Albany Symphony and I are excited and proud to present our 2022 American Music Festival: TrailBlaze NY, a celebration of New York State’s glorious new Empire State Trail,”
Music Director David Alan Miller said in a statement earlier this year.
“Taking inspiration from our past celebrations of New York State history, Water Music NY and Sing Out, NY, we wanted to amplify the amazing story of the incredible 750-mile walking and cycling rail trail that now connects all residents of New York State to one another.”
TrailBlaze NY is the Albany Symphony’s latest regional tour of free concerts designed to spotlight the beauty, history and diversity of the region. The Empire State Trail, completed in 2020, connects Manhattan north to Canada and Albany west to Buffalo. In that spirit, the Albany Symphony is harnessing its role as pioneers of contemporary music to bring people together in celebration.
The symphony will head to Schenectady’s Mohawk Harbor on Friday, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Flame The Band will open the show at 6 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, the symphony will perform at Jennings Landing in Albany, with a show opened by Barbara Howard.
The Amsterdam show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Riverlink Park. Each program features new music and summertime favorites including music by John Williams and John Philip Sousa, plus a folk-song sing-along.
Each stop features a daytime schedule of health and wellness events on and around the Empire State Trail, hiking and cycling opportunities, free activities for kids, craft food and drink selections by local vendors and more, tailored to celebrate the bountiful offerings of each community.
“TrailBlaze NY is a unique opportunity for people from all over the Northeastern US and Canada to discover some of the most extraordinary towns in New York State and the glorious nature that surrounds them,” Miller said. “I hope all our friends and supporters will also join us to celebrate New York State in all its wonder and natural beauty, as well as our resilient communities and the things that connect us and bring us together, all the trails we explore, real and imagined.”
For more information visit AlbanySymphony.com.