- Two tickets to see Albany Symphony: Brahms' First Symphony
- When: Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: The Palace Theatre Albany
- Door time: 6:00 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $50 for section A (up to $142.40 value)
- $30 for section B (up to $115.80 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart. Section A is indicated in grey and blue; section B is indicated in green.
Jeffrey Kahane pulls double-duty during this evening of classic compositions, serving as both the guest conductor and piano soloist.
- Adès—Three Studies from Couperin: The renowned young British composer explores and transforms three dynamic movements from Couperin's harpsichord studies. Throughout the work, pieces of Couperin shine through, including his rich, florid textures in the first movement, and his solemn darkness in the finale.
- Mozart—Piano Concerto No. 22: Kahane himself tickles the ivories during Mozart's ornate concerto—his first to include clarinets. Flutes, bassoons, trumpets, timpani, and strings all join in before the piece's finale soars to heights reminiscent of Le Nozze di Figaro, on which Mozart was working simultaneously.
- Brahms—Symphony No. 1: The symphony's solemn beginning leads to a pair of middle movements that, according to AllMusic.com "...exemplify a master of musical art in his time, who had reached a rarefied synthesis of conflicting creative forces. Their substance and style bespeak maturity no less than the monumental finale created to trump them." The work took Brahms 20 years to complete, and the movements serve as an account of the inspirations and influences that moved him during that time, from the composers he admired in his later years to the Saturday morning cartoons he loved in his youth.
When Italian immigrant John F. Carabella moved to Albany, he made a bold statement about his adopted home: "I'm going to give this great city a first rate symphony orchestra whether they want it or not." In 1930, with the help of 24 musicians, he made good on his promise. Despite being founded in the early years of the Great Depression, the Albany Symphony flourished, providing musical comfort and hope to the community throughout the troubled years that followed. Called "one of the country's great orchestras" by American Record Guide, the Albany Symphony continues to thrive, enriching the diverse population of the Capital Region with thrilling live performances and world-class recordings.