Finally, live concerts will be back in October for several classical music and dance series. The idea is to aim for a normal season, at least as much as possible, with each site having their own social protocols. The following list is alphabetical and includes chamber music, orchestra and dance.
Albany Symphony Orchestra
“We are celebrating our comeback in person to share music bursting with life-affirming pieces,” said Music Director David Alan Miller. “And because it’s my 30th birthday, I’ve had some leeway to choose some of my favorites.”
The opening concert will take place on October 9 at 7:30 pm at the Palace Theater with Symphony No. 1 by Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 by Beethoven (“Heroic”) and “Coincident Dances” by Jessie Montgomery.
Highlights for the remainder of the season include conductor Erina Yashima, who is the new Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the winning piece by composer Tania Leon, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, a George Gershwin’s celebration and a John Williams piano concerto from “Star Wars,” scheduled to appear in person. The October and November concerts will also be broadcast live for those not prepared to attend in person. Visit www.albanysymphony.com for ticket information.
Albany Pro Musica
Artistic Director Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo said audiences need the healing power of music this season, so he chose music with a theme of love, hope and compassion. The opening concert will be held on October 24 at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with the full choir.
“The theme will be love in all its forms, from the platonic to the romantic, from the profane to the sacred, from the intimate to the universal,” he said.
Other season highlights include a premiere by composer-in-residence Bradley Ellingboe; an appearance by violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn; music by Rachmaninoff and the Requiem by Brahms. For more information, visit www.albanypromusica.org.
Classic Capital Region
Artistic Director Derek Delaney said he was “delighted to welcome our audience again and I am truly grateful that we are able to experience our world class artists once again. . . it will be very moving to hear the first notes of Beethoven’s first string quartet resound in our hall.
This is the 50th anniversary of the series, which began as the Union College Concert Series.
The opening concert is with the Doric Quartet with guest pianist Jonathan Biss at 3 p.m. on October 10 at the Union College Memorial Chapel in a program by Beethoven, Bartok and Elgar. On October 17 at 3 p.m., the Belcea Quartet will also perform at the Chapel in a program by Schubert, Shostakovich and Brahms. Then at 7:30 p.m. on October 21 at the Massry Center of the Collège Sainte-Rose, Belcea will be back to play Mozart, Szymanowski and Schubert. Ten other concerts follow until February. Check www.capitalregionclassical.org for tickets.
Dance returns for the sixth year with Dance in Albany, a collaboration with the University at Albany’s Performing Arts Center. Rennie Harris Puremovement will be at 8 pm on October 22 in “Nuttin ‘But a Word,” an exhilarating street dance choreography presented by the company’s incredibly talented artists. www.theegg.org.
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
The season opens under the direction of Music Director Charles Peltz at 5 p.m. on October 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls with music by Mendelssohn, Picker and Leon Boellmann. A highlight of the season will be their next concert in November at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center with Evan Mack’s concert version of his opera “Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena”. Visit www.theglensfallssymphony.org.
Brooklyn-based Flamenco Vivo will be giving an overnight presentation at 6pm today (October 3) of Tablao Flamenco with an international cast of dancers and musicians. Their appearance at the Cambridge-based Hall is also in conjunction with the University of Albany. Tablao are named after the wooden floor used by the dancers. The performance up close will allow the audience to feel the dynamic interplay between dancers, guitarists and singers that creates explosive energy as the performers inspire each other to challenge each other and embrace spontaneity. At 4 p.m. on October 10, Musique de Salem gives its fall concert of works for piano four hands and viola by Mozart, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. www.hubbardhall.org
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
A new performance space and opera house are part of what Music Director Glen Cortese and musicians will be celebrating in Season 88. Opening at 3 pm on October 24 at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” – a collaboration with Skidmore College – will be presented. For more information, see www.schenectadysymphony.com or www.proctors.org.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
The famous venue’s live music schedule is set, but the only classic event is Chanticleer at 7:30 p.m. on October 21. The Grammy Award-winning men’s ensemble will entertain with their usual dazzling virtuosity in a wide repertoire. Visit www.troymusichall.org
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