The Albany Symphony’s TrailBlaze NY Continues into July

During the first weekend in July, The Albany Symphony will continue a series of free outdoor concerts in celebration of the newly completed Empire State Trail. The series, TrailBlaze NY, debuted in Troy and Cohoes and will include stops in Schenectady, Albany, and Amsterdam.

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The Albany Symphony debuted the festival in order to recognize the completion of the expansive Empire State Trail. The trail offers the people of NY 750 miles of cycling, hiking, and walking paths along the state’s most significant waterways. 

At each stop along the weekend, the Albany Symphony, led by Maestro David Alan Miller, will perform at 7:30 pm featuring a program of new music, a folk-song sing-a-long, and more.  Flame The Band will open for the Symphony at the Schenectady stop, with Barbara Howard and Jordan Taylor Hill opening in the Albany and Amsterdam events respectively.

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Audiences can also enjoy local food and drinks, health and wellness events, activities for kids, music, and more alongside the beautiful scenery. Each stop along the weekend is tailored to showcase the unique offerings of each of these communities.

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 … 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.

Maestro David Alan Miller

The previous weekends of the festival in Troy and Cohoes were a big hit and audiences saw performances from the Symphony as well as Dogs of Desire among other musical guests. Dogs of Desire premiered five new pieces inspired by the Empire State Trail, and both groups were led by Miller.

For the schedule of activities for the weekend, see below. For more information on the Albany Symphony click here.

July 1 – Mohawk Harbor – Schenectady

All Day – Lots of Activities 

5:00pm – Music/Food/Fun

6:00pm – Opening Act – Flame The Band

7:30pm – Albany Symphony Performs

9:30pm – Fireworks 

July 2 – Jennings Landing – Albany 

All Day – Lots of Activities 

5:00pm – Music/Food/Fun

6:00pm – Opening Act – Barbara Howard

7:30pm – Albany Symphony Performs

9:30pm – Fireworks

July 3 – Riverlink Park – Amsterdam 

All Day – Lots of Activities 

5:00pm – Music/Food/Fun

6:45pm – Opening Act – Jordan Taylor Hill

7:30pm – Albany Symphony Performs

9:30pm – Fireworks

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