Albany Symphony Orchestra 2016-2017 Season Features Yo Yo Ma

The Albany Symphony Orchestra announced their 2016-2017 season, and it’s a big one with special guests and anniversary celebrations.


Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Grammy Award-winning musical director David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony Orchestra has a big season lined up for their 87th year, including a performance with special guest cellist Yo Yo Ma and six world premiers. Miller’s strong devotion to music education, dynamic presence on the podium and dedication to the music of our time have brought a new level of success to the orchestra. The new season is designed to celebrate the collaboration between Miller and the musicians.

The 2016-2017 season will also feature a number of special guest musicians in addition to Yo Yo Ma’s visit on Dec. 8. From the press release:

The gala opening concert will feature soprano Saili Oak and pianist Natasha Paremski. In January, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 will be performed by the great Russian virtuoso, Ilya Rashkovskiy. Other artists making their first appearance with the Albany Symphony include oboist Kathleen Needleman, violist Richard O’Neill, and guest conductor Karina Canellakis. In addition, there will be soloists from the Bard College Conservatory for the Mozart & Bach weekend. Several outstanding guest artists will participate in the American Music Festival in May, including the radiant violinist Chee-Yun and legendary Indian Folk-Clarinetist Shankar Tucker. 

The season runs from October through June, with an opening night gala on Sept. 24. Season subscriptions are available, though they do not include the Evening with Yo Yo Ma. However, subscribers will have early access to purchase those tickets.

2016-2017 Season:
Opening Night Gala- Ravel & Sibelius
Saturday, September 24, 2016: 7:30PM
Palace Theatre
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Saili Oak, Soprano
Natasha Paremski, Piano
Reena Esmail: “Aria” for Soprano and Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Peer Gynt
Saturday, October 22, 2016: 7:30PM
Sunday, October 23, 2016: 3:00PM
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Katherine Needleman, Oboe
Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture
Leroy Anderson: Three Pieces
Rouse: Oboe Concerto
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

Water Music & Schumann
Saturday, November 19, 2016: 7:30PM
Sunday November 20, 2016: 3:00PM
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Richard O’Neill, Viola
Handel: Selections from “The Water Music”
Theofanidis: Viola Concerto
Bermel: “A Shout, A Whisper, and a Trace”
Schumann: Symphony No. 4

An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma
(Non-Subscription Series, but first access to season subscribers)
Thursday, December 8, 2016: 7:30PM
Palace Theatre
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Wagner: Prelude to “Die Meistersinger”
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings
Conor Brown: New Work (World Premiere)
Elgar: Cello Concerto

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 7:30PM
Palace Theatre
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Ilya Rashkovskiy, Piano
Barber: The School for Scandal Overture
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Corigliano: Symphony No. 1, “Of Rage and Remembrance”

Brahms’ Fourth
Saturday, February 18, 2017: 7:30PM
Palace Theatre
Karina Canellakis, Guest Conductor
Higdon: Dance Cards
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Mozart & Bach
Saturday, March 4, 2017: 7:30PM
Sunday, March 5, 2017: 3:00PM
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Soloists from the Vocal Division of Bard College-Conservatory
Mozart: Symphony No, 40 in G minor
Torke: Three Concertinos for Solo Instruments and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Bach: Cantata No. 78 “Jesu, der du meine Seele”

Beethoven’s 9th
Saturday, April 8, 2017: 7:30PM
Palace Theatre
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Albany Pro Musica Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 6
Tsontakis: 25th Anniversary Commission (World Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)

American Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2017: 7:30PM
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Chee-Yun, Violin
Shankar Tucker, Clarinet
Harbison: Partita for Orchestra
Theofanidis: Violin Concerto
Reena Esmail: Clarinet Concerto (World Premiere)
Mellon Young Composer: New Work (World Premiere)

Additional Subscriber Specials:
Roscoe: An American Grand Opera, by Evan Mack (Concert Premiere)
Saturday, October 15, 2016: 7:30PM
Palace Theatre
David Alan Miller, Conductor
A new opera composed by Capital Region resident and Skidmore College Professor Evan Mack, based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy.

Magic of Christmas
December 4, 2016: 3:00PM
Palace Theatre
David Alan Miller, Conductor

American Music Festival
May 18-21, 2017
A weekend of innovative new works by living American composers, artistic happenings, and special events across Troy, including performances by the Albany Symphony and the Dogs of Desire.