In a front-page article in Friday’s (2/11) Times-Union (Albany, New York), Tom Keyser writes, “David Alan Miller initially resisted the idea of a 50th ‘birthday bash’ concert. Yes, he was turning 50 on Feb. 16, and yes, he’s been music director and conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra for 18 years. But when Brian Ritter, executive director of the symphony, suggested that Miller design a concert ‘all around who you are, sort of a celebration of David,’ Miller hesitated. … But Miller came around; Ritter thought it would be a good marketing angle. So Saturday at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, concert-goers will experience David Alan Miller—as a concert.” The program opens with a trio of classical guitarists from Portugal led by the virtuoso Pinero Nagy and closes with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. “In the middle as the centerpiece is the Dogs of Desire, a music ensemble that Miller created early in his tenure in Albany, a mini-orchestra to celebrate the connection between pop culture and the great musical tradition. … On May 10, Miller will conduct the symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of its inaugural Spring for Music Festival showcasing innovative and creative orchestras.”

Posted February 11, 2011