The Albany Symphony is heading to Washington, D.C., for the very first time, and will perform at the Kennedy Center on April 11.
The performance will be part of "SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras," a week-long national program aimed to spotlight local symphonies and honor their contribution to the arts. The ASO is one of four American orchestras selected for the Kennedy Center event.
"The Albany Symphony and I are very proud to be one of only four orchestras selected nationally to participate," said ASO Music Director David Alan Miller. "This festival is unique because it celebrates not only our unique orchestral programming, but a rich panopoly of our creative work. I believe it is a great tribute to the quality and uniqueness of the Albany Symphony that we have been invited to participate."
Miller, speaking at a 2 p.m. press conference Wednesday, said the ASO will be featured in three different events showcasing the variety of its new music and thematic programming.
"The ASO's Kennedy Center debut will feature a collection of contemporary works that explores the history of upstate New York through the lens of bodies of water that surround and connect communities," he said.
Two of the works, "Three Manhattan Bridges" by Michael Torke and "The Mighty Erie Canal" by Dorothy Chang, were commissioned and given their premiere by the ASO. The event will also include performances by ASO's new ensemble, Dogs of Desire.
"SHIFT" provides ASO with an opportunity to serve as a cultural ambassador for the city according to Michele Vennard, President and CEO of Discover Albany.
"We are excited to partner with the Albany Symphony to introduce potential new clients and contacts in Washington, D.C., to Albany," said Vennard. "We are excited about the opportunity of traveling with the symphony to D.C., to help promote the SHIFT Festival, and getting a chance to meet face-to-face with professionals in the D.C. area to talk about Albany."
Tickets to the ASO's concert in Washington at the Kennedy Center are $25 and can be purchased online at www.ShiftFestival.org.