Sunday, June 3: A new collaboration with the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO)



Albany, NY- On Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Troy Riverfront Park, the Albany Symphony will host “The River Sings,” a free waterside evening of music for the community of Troy at the conclusion of the Symphony’s 2018 American Music Festival. Kicking off the summer season at the park, the evening will include local food and beverage vendors, family activities, and a grand fireworks finale. Three emerging composers will premiere brand-new works commissioned by the Albany Symphony, in partnership with five community arts organizations. The River Sings is a unique public art partnership that engages the community in the creation of new art and celebrates the growth of the city of Troy.

“The City of Troy is proud to host the Albany Symphony for this wonderful celebration of our community’s arts, culture, and history,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “Our community’s longstanding relationship with the Albany Symphony served as a catalyst to bring this unique event to Troy’s beautiful waterfront for the enjoyment of music lovers across our great City. We look forward to collaborating with the Albany Symphony on many more community events for years to come.”

The three new works featured on the concert program each tell an engaging story about upstate New York. Composer Evan Mack will create a work in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet about the revitalization of the Adirondacks. Guitarists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in Mr. Mack’s work as a mass “guitar mob,” sharing in the artistic experience. Hilary Purrington will work with dancers from Albany Berkshire Ballet and choreographer Mary Giannone Talmi to tell the story of Ellen Demorest, a nineteenth century fashion icon from Schuylerville, NY. “Water Music NY” composer Ben Wallace will create a work about the logging industry for solo opera singers from Bard College and a community chorus of vocalists from Schenectady County Community College and the College of Saint Rose. The Symphony will also perform The Grand Erie Canal by Dorothy Chang with a children’s choir comprising one hundred students from Troy City Schools.

“The orchestra and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the community of Troy, NY,” said the Albany Symphony’s Music Director, David Alan Miller. “Performing new art that is created by, for, and with our community is a great gift, and we look forward to sharing these amazing new works.”

Local food and beverage vendors and family activities will be stationed in the park beginning at 6:00pm. The free outdoor concert will begin at 7:30pm, followed by a fireworks finale over the river. “The River Sings” is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the lead sponsorship support of M&T Bank.

“The New York State Council on the Arts congratulates the Albany Symphony on their upcoming free performance and festival, The River Sings,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus. “We are proud to support these immersive artistic experiences which honor our state history, promote the work of emerging composers, and engage local arts groups in creating a community-owned, celebratory public arts experience for all to enjoy.”

“Albany is a vibrant, creative community—thanks in large part to our wonderful arts culture,” said Beth Beshaw, M&T Bank Market President. “At M&T Bank, we are dedicated to fostering the arts in all of the communities in which we operate, and we are proud to play a role in bringing this concert to Troy for all our neighbors to enjoy.”

Admission to “The River Sings” is free.

Discovered by chance over four centuries ago, the Hudson River sings a song of venture and innovation.  Celebrate the beauty and history of Upstate New York with the Albany Symphony (ASO) at Riverfront Park in Troy

Riverfront Park, Troy, NY 12180