Musical Journeys – 2015-2016 Concert Season

Welcome to our 82nd Anniversary Season!  This year we’re featuring four soloists at very different stages along their musical career paths:

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  • Lucas Button, from Syracuse,  is a 21-year-old cellist in his fourth year at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, heading for graduate school at Eastman in the fall. He will perform Dvorak’s  Cello Concerto in B minor;
  • Denver area native and current Skidmore undergraduate Joseph Eisele will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major;
  • Concertmaster Michael Emery is a frequent soloist with several orchestras in the Upstate New York region including the Catskill, Schenectady, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestras. In addition to his teaching positions at Skidmore College and the College of St. Rose, Michael teaches privately in his studios in Saratoga Springs.  He’ll present Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in the intimate setting of the GE Theater;
  • Niskayuna native Jim Benoit returns from the Sarasota Opera where he’s been since earning his master’s degree from Juilliard.  In 2005 he earned Second Place in the League of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s Stefan Scholarship Competition for high school students. He’ll perform Emmanuel Sojome’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings.

We’re excited to be able to provide performance opportunities for such highly talented artists within our community, both young and more established.

Exact subscription renewals – same seats only –  April 24 – May 25 (last concert – Memorial Day)

Subscriptions on sale – May 26 – September 7 (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Single tickets on sale September 8

Four-Concert Subscriptions: $65 Preferred Seating/$40 Regular Seating

Single Tickets:

Mainstage Concerts Single Tickets $20 Preferred Seating/$12 Regular Seating

GE Theater – $15 all seats

All student tickets (18 and under) FREE courtesy of a grant from Price Chopper.

2015-16 Concert Season underwritten by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

3:00 PM Proctors Theater Mainstage

Academic Festival Overture  ~  Johannes BrahmsLucas Button Headshot

Cello Concerto in B minor  ~ Antonin Dvorak

   Lucas Button, Soloist

Firebird Suite (1945)  ~ Igor Stravinsky

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

3:00 PM Proctors Theater Mainstage

Overture to “Semiramide”  ~ Gioacchino Rossini

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major ~  Franz Liszt

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Symphony No. 9 “New World” ~  Antonin Dvorak.

* In Memory of James D. Schmitt






Sunday, March 6, 2016

3:00 PM Proctors GE Theater

Symphony No. 35  ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 5  ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Michael Emery, Soloist

A Musical Joke  ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

3:00 PM Proctors Theater Mainstage

Finlandia  ~ Jean Sibelius

Concerto for Vibraphone ~ Emmanuel Sejournejim benoit

  James Benoit,  Soloist

Concerto for Percussion   ~ Darius Milhaud

 James Benoit,  Soloist

Symphony No. 2  ~ Jean Sibelius

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