Albany Symphony Announces 2024 American Music Festival 

Experience live new works from world-renowned composers of today debuting at the Albany Symphony’s 2024 American Music Festival, “Water Music NY: More Voices.”

The event will take place between June 7-9 at the EMPAC concert hall on the RPI campus and locations throughout Troy, NY. “This is the beginning of a three-year project in which we will celebrate and explore the history of New York through the lens of people whose stories have not been told,” writes Music Director David Alan Miller.

Performances will kick off with Dogs of Desire on Friday, June 7. The festival will also celebrate 30 years of the innovative ensemble by Dai Wei, del Pino, Sohn, Bansal and JURAKHAN. 

Taking place on June 8 is FLOW, a “Water Music NY: New Voices” commission by Clarice Assad. The suite for piano and orchestra is a musical journey through the symbolic currents of emotions, exploring themes of change, resilience, and the passage of time through the idea of water. All the movements connect seamlessly, each representing a different dynamic ebb and flow of emotions and experiences. Its lively and improvisational character is a celebration of endurance, affirming the idea that even in the face of challenges, the capacity to adapt and emerge stronger exists. The festival will host some of its favorite composers and performers, including Joan Tower, Christopher Theofanidis, and Brandon Patrick George. It will also feature wonderful creators who are new to its stage. 

Performances include Jack Frerer’s covers of hits by NY-born songwriters, from Cab Calloway to Grace Jones and Lana Del Rey, not to mention an audience. Following the concert, there will be a late-night lounge event where listeners can enjoy the sultry Brazilian rhythms of father-daughter duo Sérgio and Clarice Assad. Sergio Assad is one of the world’s greatest living classical guitarists. Clarice is a major Brazilian-American composer, much loved by the Albany Symphony audience and community. 

The Last of James Fenimore Cooper on Sunday, June 9 is set to close the event at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Native American composer Brent Michael Davids has composed a witty, satirical quartet about James Fenimore Cooper. Davids. He embraces indigenous themes and subjects in his music, considering Cooper’s ignorance of native culture in “The Last of the Mohicans” in this work for string quartet, featuring members of the Albany Symphony. This event is featured as part of the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s Freedom Festival in collaboration with the American Music Festival.

Additional Information here.

AMF Concerts, Programming and Events: 

June 7: 

DOGS OF DESIRE: EMPAC, 7:30pm

LATE NIGHT LOUNGE: CLARICE & SÉRGIO ASSAD following Dogs of Desire

June 8: 

“FIRST DRAUGHTS” READING SESSION & BEER TASTING: Bush Hall, 10:30 am

GREAT AMERICAN SONG!: Bush Hall, 3:00pm

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL: EMPAC, 7:30pm, Pre-Concert Talk, 6:30pm

LATE NIGHT LOUNGE: BROADWAY & AMERICAN SONGBOOK CABARET: Following American Music Festival Concert

More American song –Broadway and beyond– long and late into the night.

JUNE 9: 

LAST OF JAMES FENIMORE COOPER: Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4:00pm

Albany Symphony American Music Festival

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