The Albany Symphony’s annual American Music Festival—this year entitled “Sing Out! New York” and highlighting the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall gay-rights uprising—will take place from May 30 to June 9 at venues throughout Troy, New York. During the festival, Dogs of Desire, the Albany Symphony’s new-music ensemble, will premiere music by Clarice Assad, Viet Cuong, Loren Loiacono, Andre Myers, and Rachel Peters, inspired by the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, women’s suffrage, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and the impact of the Stonewall demonstrations. Other highlights include David Del Tredici’s Bullycide, performed by the Argus Quartet; a film screening of Gerry Herman’s new documentary Of Rage and Remembrance: A Portrait of John Corigliano; and a family-friendly open-air suffragist brunch with free music in Troy’s historic Monument Square. Albany Symphony Music Director David Alan Miller and a fourteen-member chamber orchestra will premiere works inspired by Americans who advanced “liberty and justice for all,” by Evan Mack, Jorge Sosa, Molly Joyce, Judy Bozone, and Bora Yoon. The festival will include free June 6-9 outdoor concerts in Schuylerville, Schenectady, Albany, and Hudson.

Posted May 29, 2019