Albany Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1930 as the People's Orchestra of Albany by Italian-born conductor John Carabella, the Albany Symphony is the oldest professional symphony orchestra based in New York's Capital District. The orchestra annually performs at performance venues such as the Palace Theatre in Albany, and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.
David Alan Miller has served as Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra since 1992. Former music directors have included John Carabella, Rudolf Thomas, Ole Windingstad, Edgar Curtis, Julius Hegyi, and Geoffrey Simon.
The Albany Symphony celebrated its 75th anniversary during the 2005/2006 season, which included solo appearances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, violinist Yura Lee, baritone Nathan Myers, violinist Colin Jacobsen, pianist Joel Fan, violinist Jonathan Gandelsman, clarinetist Susan Martula, pianist Findlay Cockrell, percussionist Colin Currie flutist Paolo Bortolussi, pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Frederic Lacroix. Also during the season, the Albany Symphony presented several world premiere performances of commissioned works by composers such as Stephen Dankner, Michael Woods, Bun Ching Lam, Carolyn Yarnell, and Michael Torke.
The Albany Symphony has performed with a wide variety of guest artists, including violinist Joshua Bell who was featured during the orchestra's 77th season in a concert that included Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and selections from West Side Story.
The Albany Symphony is unique in its mission statement to perform new works by modern composers, thereby exposing audiences to a new generation of orchestral music.
The orchestra won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2014 for its recording of John Corigliano's Conjurer - Concerto for Percussionist & String Orchestra with soloist Evelyn Glennie on the Naxos label.
- John Carabella (1930–1938)
- Rudolph Thomas (1939–1944)
- Ole Windingstad (1945–1947)
- Edgar Curtis (1948–1954)
- Julius Hegyi (1965–1988)
- Geoffrey Simon (1987–1991)
- George Lloyd (1990–1991)
- David Alan Miller (1992–present)
- Peter Mennin. Albany Records 260
- Peter Mennin: Concertato, "Moby Dick"
- Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 5
- Peter Mennin: Fantasia for String Orchestra
- Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 6
- Morton Gould. Albany Records 300
- Morton Gould: Show Piece for Orchestra
- Morton Gould: Piano Concerto (Randall Hodgkinson, piano)
- Morton Gould: StringMusic
- The Great American Ninth. Albany Records 350
- Roy Harris: Memories of a Child's Sunday
- Roy Harris: Symphony No. 9
- Roy Harris: Symphony No. 8 (Alan Feinberg, piano)
- Brutal Reality. Albany Records 354
- Richard Adams: Brutal Reality
- Arthur Bloom: Life is Like a Box of Chocolates
- Evan Chambers: Concerto for Fiddle, Violin and Orchestra (Jill Levy, violin;
- Nollaig Casey, fiddle)
- John Fitz Rogers: Verge
- Kamran Ince: Fest for Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra
- John Harbison. Albany Records 390
- John Harbison: The Most Often Used Chords
- John Harbison: Symphony No. 3
- John Harbison: Flute Concerto (Randolph Bowman, flute)
- Don Gillis. Albany Records 391
- Don Gillis: Symphony "x" (The Big D)
- Don Gillis: Shindig
- Don Gillis: Encore Concerto (Alan Feinberg, piano)
- Don Gillis: Symphony No. 5 - 1/2
- Benjamin Lees. Albany Records 441
- Andrew Bishop: Crooning
- Allen Shawn: Piano Concerto (Ursula Oppens, piano)
- Paul Creston: Dance Overture
- Benjamin Lees: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ian Hobson, piano)
- George Lloyd. Albany Reocords 458
- George Lloyd: Cello Concerto (Anthony Ross, cello)
- George Lloyd: Orchestral Suite No. 1 from "The Serf"
- Gould & Harris. Albany Records 515
- Roy Harris: Symphony No. 2
- Morton Gould: Symphony No. 3
- William Schuman. Albany Records 566
- William Schuman: Credendum
- William Schuman: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (John McCabe, piano)
- William Schuman: Symphony No. 4
- Lopatnikoff, Helps, Thomson & Kurka. Albany Records 591
- Nikolai Lopatnikoff: Festival Overture
- Robert Helps: Concerto No. 2 for Piano & Orchestra (Alan Feinberg, piano)
- Virgil Thomson: Filling Station (complete ballet)
- Robert Kurka: Symphony No. 2, Op. 24
- Morton Gould Symphony No. 2. Albany Records 605
- Steven Stucky: Son et Lumiere
- Gabriel Ian Gould: Watercolors (Robert Sheena, English horn)
- John Harbison: Cello Concerto (David Finckel, cello)
- Morton Gould: Symphony No. 2, "On Marching Tunes"
- Vincent Persichetti. Albany Records 771
- Torke: Strawberry Fields. Ecstatic Records 92208
- Michael Torke: Strawberry Fields
- Michael Torke: Pentecost for soprano and orchestra (Margaret Lloyd, soprano)
- Albany Symphony Orchestra Official web site - Conductor Bio Archived 2008-01-28 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed January 4, 2008.
- Santo, Alysia (27 January 2014). "Albany Symphony Orchestra wins first Grammy". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 27 January 2014.