Colors of the 2021 ASO American Music Festival pandemic
A new era of post-Covid art has begun, says David Alan Miller, musical director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. And it doesn’t refer to new protocols on how we get admission to concert halls. Miller maintains that the music itself is changing and he sees this in the six new works that will premiere at the orchestra’s final American Music Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13.
The annual festival is a flagship event for the orchestra and it has grown exponentially over the past 20 years. Reflecting the era of the pandemic, this year’s edition won’t be as lavish as in the recent past and the venue has moved from EMPAC to the Palace Theater. Two flagship events are still intact: the Dogs of Desire on Friday evening and the full orchestra on Saturday. There will also be a few short recitals as well as a reading session of new works by student composers. All performances will be broadcast free of charge.