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Albany Symphony announces 2017-2018 performances

February 15, 2017 01:19 PM

ALBANY - The Albany Symphony has announced its engagements for the 2017-2018 season.

They include a trip down the Erie Canal and a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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It's the 25th anniversary for Music Director David Alan Miller and the symphony has a big year planned to celebrate.

The lineup includes a number of festivals, including the "Shift Festival," a celebration of North American orchestras being held down at The Kennedy Center in April of next year.

Other concerts include a tribute to Hollywood’s favorite music, including "Star Wars," a weekend of Mozart’s music from 1786, a "Romeo and Juliet" weekend and "Gershwin Immersion," a weekend of the complete piano and orchestra works of George Gershwin over two days.

"I think that on the one hand, people are yearning for those authentic experiences more and more, as our lives become narrower and narrower and they basically are only being occupied by a little handheld device," explained Miller. "I think there’s a real yearning on all of our parts to do things that are authentic that are really live that are meaningful and so that may be a part of it. But also, I think that arts groups have a real responsibility to make every event a one-of-a-kind event, something unlike anything you’ll be able to get anywhere else."

The orchestra opens its 2017-2018 season in October.

Bucking a national trend, the Albany Symphony is in its third year of record-breaking growth with subscribers.

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