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American Music Festival 2019: Sing Out, New York!

The American Music Festival: 47 new works including 24 world premieres, and 25 composers in residence.


Our annual American Music Festival is the central plank of the Albany Symphony’s mission to support the creation, presentation and dissemination of new music by living American composers. As an incubator for the work of emerging artists, the Festival features concerts and engagement events of multiple year-long composer residencies and artistic projects. The Festival is the only event of its kind in upstate NY, and one of the nation’s largest new music festivals, fostering a culture of innovation that continues to expand the orchestral repertoire.

The 2019 Festival, “Sing Out, Justice!” commemorates the convergence of two significant milestones in America’s civil rights movements and their history in New York State: the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Featuring 47 new and recent works by American composers, including 24 new commissions, the Festival’s principal events include:

FULL ORCHESTRA CONCERT: The centerpiece is a world premiere by Tanner Porter for solo voice and orchestra inspired by the legacy of Susan B. Anthony and her suffragette peers. David Del Tredici’s first “Alice in Wonderland” piece, “Pop-Pourri,” and John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto will also be featured; both are recording projects. The Del Tredici will be a world premiere recording.

DOGS OF DESIRE: Our new music ensemble will explore stories in our nation’s fight for civil rights through multimedia collaborations. Clarice Assad will compose for singers, spoken voice, video, and ensemble inspired by Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech; Viet Cuong will focus on the twelve months between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the Christopher Street Liberation Day in 1970; Loren Loiacono will create a musical docu-play, “Petticoats of Steel,” exploring New York’s role at the vanguard of the women’s rights movement; Joel Thompson will explore the life of Frederick Douglass and his role in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements.

RESIDENT ARTIST: Composer Molly Joyce will create a new work based on the life of Nellie Bly, focusing on her work on disability rights issues including her assignment at the Blackwell’s Island mental institution. Ms. Joyce will also present an expansion of her YousaidShesaidHesaid, a monodrama written in response to Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin from a modern, female perspective; and will also perform a solo set, titled Breaking and Entering, which physically and artistically engages her impaired left hand.

FREE CONCERT TOUR: New works for the full orchestra will be presented in a free outdoor concert series in four upstate NY communities: Albany, Schenectady, Schuylerville, and Hudson.

COMPOSER WORKSHOP and READING SESSION: Christopher Theofanidis will lead a six-day masterclass for 12 emerging composers, culminating in a reading and recording session with the orchestra.

RESIDENT ENSEMBLE, the ARGUS QUARTET, known for its in-depth composer collaborations, will present music including David Del Tredici’s Bullycide, a work in memory of gay teenagers who lost their lives to bullying-induced suicide.

COMPOSER EDUCATOR: Resident composer Angélica Negrón will work with Albany public school students to create their own musical instruments and perform original compositions celebrating their heritage.

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Troy, New York

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Albany, New York
The Albany Symphony Orchestra celebrates our living musical heritage. Through brilliant live performances, innovative educational programming, and engaging cultural events, the ASO enriches a broad and diverse regional community. By creating, recording, and disseminating the music of our time, the Albany Symphony is establishing an enduring artistic legacy that is reshaping the nation’s musical future.…

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Washington, District Of Columbia
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