This year, the theme of the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s annual American Music Festival, a month-long new-music event in New York’s Capital Region and Upper Hudson, is “TrailBlaze NY.” The festival will celebrate the completion of New York State’s new Empire State Trail, “the incredible 750-mile walking and cycling rail trail that now connects all residents of New York State to one another,” said Music Director David Alan Miller. Free outdoor orchestra concerts will take place in June and July across the region, and include local food and drinks, health and wellness events, and children’s activities. The festival will be preceded by a week of performances (June 2-5) by the Albany Symphony at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and by the Dogs of Desire, the orchestra’s chamber music group, at the Cohoes Music Hall. Festival performances (June 11-July 3) are planned in Schuylerville, Kingston, Hudson, Schenectady, Albany, and Amsterdam. Repertoire will include John Corigliano’s new saxophone concerto (“Triathlon”) with soloist Timothy McAllister; Gabriella Smith’s Field Guide, which celebrates birdsong; and Steven Stucky’s Radical Light. For more information visit