In Thursday’s (4/25) Daily Gazette (Schenectady, New York), Geraldine Freedman writes, “The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday concert is a prelude of sorts. Barely a week later, the orchestra will perform the same program at the third annual Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. The ASO will be the only orchestra to perform for the second time at the festival. ‘It feels great,’ said music director David Alan Miller. ‘It’s a great tribute to the excellence of the orchestra and its creative spirit.’ … The program will be Morton Gould’s Symphony No. 3; John Harbison’s Suite from his opera ‘The Great Gatsby’ ; and George Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, which is also known as ‘Rhapsody in Rivets’ or ‘New York Rhapsody.’ Pianist Kevin Cole, an orchestra favorite and a known Gershwin interpreter, will be the soloist. … Three years ago, the ASO recorded the Harbison Suite, which has still to be released. The opera, which premiered in 1999 at the Metropolitan Opera, was Harbison’s magnum opus, Miller said. … For those interested in hearing the ASO at Carnegie Hall—500 from the Capital Region attended in 20011—there may still be special ‘hometown fan’ seating or travel arrangements possible.” The Albany Symphony performs Tuesday, May 7 at Carnegie Hall.

Posted April 26, 2013