2019-2020 Concert Season

The Symphony Dances!

Experience lively rhythms and the power of movement and dance from around the world,
featuring special dance performances of flamenco, ballet, Irish step dancing & more!

For our current subscribers: Season Ticket Renewal Forms were sent out in early July. Subscribers have first priority to choose seating, or to keep the same seats as last year. To keep your same seat reservation, renew by AUGUST 15th. After that date, you are welcome to still renew, but your seating may change. Renewals must be processed either by mail or over the phone.

We invite new subscribers to purchase their Season Tickets HERE.

Single Tickets will be available beginning August 28, either online or by phone or by visiting the Symphony office.

Concert One: Flamenco! September 29, 2019, 4pm   Glens Falls High School Auditorium
The 2019-20 Season opens with the rhythmic stamp of dancers’ feet and high-energy flourish in a celebration of Flamenco and the music of Spain. Castanets and staccato trumpets will pepper the air in Chabrier’s España , Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, and De Falla’s masterpiece, El amor brujo. Featured performances by flamenco dancers Kati Garcia-Renart and Nicole Bernhardt with Mezzo soprano Tascha Anderson.

Concert Two: Ballet Grace  November 3, 2019, 4pm   Glens Falls High School Auditorium
The Symphony’s celebration of dance brings the unmatched beauty of Tchaikovsky’s ballet music to the stage. The “Waltz” from Sleeping Beauty, the opening scene from Swan Lake, the “Cossack Dance” from Mazzepa and other works will join Aaron Copland’s Rodeo Suite. Plus: a special performance of Gordon Jacob’s Trombone Concerto by GFS Principal Trombonist Christopher Moore.

Concert Three: Yuletide Around the World  December 15, 2019, 4pm   Glens Falls High School Auditorium
Come help us celebrate with holiday music from Ireland, Russia, England, Germany, France and Mexico. Joining the orchestra are Irish Step dancers from the National Museum of Dance Academy, who will share this vibrant and rhythmic Gaelic art. Plus: Boy Soprano Drake Belrose (the soloist for 2019’s performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms) will sing with the orchestra.

Concert Four: Dance! Beats!   March 8, 2020, 4pm Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Colloquium Concerts continue at Skidmore with the beloved music of Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla in Libertango, Coral and other short dances; Rounds for Orchestra by David Diamond; and Bela Bartok’s vibrant Rumanian Dances, with a special dance performance. Plus: Greenwich Village Portraits by David Amram (composer of the Beat generation) performed by saxophonist Ken Radnofsky with the composer in residence to read selected Beat poetry. Presentation of historic photography of the Village Vanguard, folk singer Odetta, and other legendary figures and places of the Beat generation.

Concert Five: Dancing Through Time Season Finale May 3, 2020, 4pm   Glens Falls High School Auditorium
The Season Finale, sponsored by the Touba Family Foundation, takes you on a journey through three eras of dance: music of the Renaissance in Suite No. 3 of Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, the 20th Century in John Adams’ portrait of Chairman Mao and Madame Mao dancing a foxtrot in The Chairman Dances, and the luscious harmonies of the Romantic era bring the season to a rhythmically vibrant finale in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

Pre-concert talk at 3pm for Concerts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Summer Pops Concert

Annual concert celebrating Independence Day, in Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy music, food and fireworks. FREE.

Michael Emery

Concert Master

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Children’s Chorus Spring Recital

The choristers celebrate Springtime with their annual performance, singing traditional and contemporary choral works. Event is free but donations are welcome!

2019 Springtime Gala

Join us for the 2019 Springtime Gala, our main fundraising event of the year. This year’s Gala will honor Evie Muller and the late Skip Muller in recognition of their many years of support for the arts in our region, including the Glens Falls Symphony, The Hyde Collection, and many others.

Proceeds from the Springtime Gala support growing educational projects like our “Children’s Concert”, a free in-school performance for 850 elementary school students. The Gala also supports our superb music programming and helps our 55-member professional orchestra continue to draw the finest national and international guest artists.

Gala Tickets are $140/person and are now available to purchase online at our website, by phone 518-793-1348 or mail a check to: The Glens Falls Symphony, PO Box 2036, Glens Falls, NY 12801

Event Schedule:
Cocktails & String Quartet – 4:30 to 6:00pm
Silent Auction of local Wines from Adirondack Winery, Spirits, Beer, Olive Oil from Lake George Olive Oil Company – 4:30 to 7:00pm
Dinner, Program & Music Performances – 6:00 to 7:00pm
Dessert & Dancing – 7:30 to 9:00pm

PURCHASE GALA RESERVATIONS

Sergiy Dvornichenko

Clarinet

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Concert Five: The Great Legacy

Don’t miss our season finale celebrating Bernstein & Beethoven!
Concert opens with Bernstein’s evocative Chichester Psalms, then concludes with one of the world’s most beloved masterpieces, Beethoven’s spectacular Symphony No. 9! Special guest vocal soloists Soprano Sylvia D’Eramo, Mezzo Soprano Erica Washburn, Tenor Michael Wade Lee, and Baritone Zachary Johnson, will be joined by a chorus of over one hundred voices, including Adirondack Voices, Queensbury High School’s Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir, SUNY Adirondack choral groups and others.
Tickets range from $10 – $36.
Sponsored by the Touba Family Foundation, the Glens Falls Symphony Conductor’s Circle and the Sandy Hill Foundation

Symphony Film Series-Following the Ninth

Enjoy a screening of Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, an award-winning documentary that explores the impact of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on people all over the world. We will celebrate Beethoven’s magnificent “Ode to Joy” with cake for everyone. FREE

Concert Four: The Sages

2019 Alfred Z. Solomon Coloquium Concert
The master of Baroque music, J.S. Bach, springs to life as the Symphony performs his Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Beethoven’s deeply profound Grosse Fugue is complemented by the mature Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles, with Mezzo Soprano Vera Savage and Baritone Philip Lima as vocal soloists. Concert at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College. An engaging panel discussion on Leonard Bernstein’s song-writing genius moderated by Music Director Charles Peltz will take place at 3pm, before the performance. Concert ticket includes admittance to panel discussion.

Funding for this concert provided by the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust
Funding also provided by Stewart’s Shops.

Storytime with Symphony Musician

The Glens Falls Symphony presents a musical Story Time at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs with viola player Carrie Davids as special guest star. Carrie will embellish stories with some lively notes and play a couple of short pieces, as Patron Services & Marketing Manager Diane Swanson reads from a selection of musically themed story books. FREE