The Albany Symphony Association announces its 2010-2011 season:
On September 11, the Flint Riverquarium will be spotlighted in a concert of “Water Music.” George Frederic Handel’s Suite from the Water Music will be heard along with Bedrich Smetana’s musical description of the Moldau River. Thomas Sherwood, principal percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony will be featured in Tan Dun’s “Water Concerto” for water percussion instruments and orchestra. Dun is an Oscar-winning composer for his score to the film “Hidden Tiger, Crouching Dragon,” which garnered 4 Oscars in 2001.
On October 16, 2010 the Albany Museum of Art will be spotlighted in a concert titled “Hear a Work of Art.” Featured will be Ottorino Respighi’s “Botticelli Triptych” consisting of three musical representations of masterpieces by Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli: “Spring,” “The Adoration of the Magi,” and “The Birth of Venus.” These paintings will be projected as the orchestra performs. This concert will additionally feature Albany-native, classical guitar soloist Robert Sharpe. Sharpe is a graduate of Westover High School and has received degrees in guitar performance from Columbus State University, Yale University and is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He will perform the ever-popular Concierto de aranjuez by Rodrigo.
Peppermint Pops on December 11, 2010 will spotlight The Albany Chorale and area High School Choirs. Peppermint Pops is a community tradition, sponsored at its inception by a landmark Albany institution – Bob’s Candies. This year’s performance will again be at the Albany Municipal Auditorium with a matinee performance at 2:30 pm and an evening performance at 7:30 pm. Admission will continue to be a canned good for the Southwest Georgia Food Bank.
On February 19, 2011 the Wetherbee Planetarium at the Thronateeska Heritage Center will be in the spotlight with a performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” Accompanying the performance will be high definition, 3-D animation from NASA projected over the orchestra. This concert will also feature a part of Albany’s musical heritage – 3 short compositions by Albany-born composer Wallingford Riegger will be performed. One of these, “Dance Rhythms,” by Riegger was actually premiered in the Albany Municipal Auditorium on March 4, 1955 by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thor Johnson as part of the Albany Community Concert series. www.filmscoreinreverse.com
“Music for Lent,” on April 9, 2011 will spotlight southwest Georgia colleges and universities: Albany State University, Darton College, and Georgia Southwestern University; as well at the Albany Chorale. Theses combined forces will perform Beethoven’s only oratorio, “Christ on the Mount of Olives,” which concludes with “the other” famous “Hallelujah Chorus.” The orchestra will also perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture.”
The Albany Symphony Association began a tradition seven (7) years ago of selecting an artist from southwest Georgia to create a work of art to be used for the promotion of each season. This year the art of Aaron Reed, a graduate of Westover High School, will be featured. The symphony’s season brochure, program booklet, and website will all utilize Reed’s creations. Reed currently resides in Atlanta and runs his own company, Prisma Fine Arts. He is annually featured in shows throughout the southeast. www.artbyarronreed.com
CONCERT AND TICKET INFORMATION:
Concerts are at 7:30 pm (unless otherwise noted) in the Albany Municipal Auditorium. “Conversations with the Conductor” are held one-hour prior to each concert at 6:30 pm from the stage of the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The presentations are an opportunity to learn about each performance with Maestro Claire Fox Hillard and guest artists.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Albany Symphony office at 229-430-8933 or by going online at www.albanysymphony.org.