Spirit of Youth: 2016-17 Season

Welcome to our 83rd Season!

This season our historical institution is on a youthful mission.

We believe classical music is for the ages.  All ages.  In all seasons.  That’s why in our 83rd year we’re excited to present Spirit of Youth.    We’ve prepared this unique program to enchant all who are young at heart.

We open at Halloween time with Trick or Treat.  Don’t worry; it’s all treats, no tricks.  Our lively program features our own principal horn player, Victor Sungarian, as soloist in a Strauss concerto.  Victor juggles performing with SSO and musical groups throughout the Capital Region with teaching at Williams College and the College of Saint Rose and coaching the horn sections of the Empire State Youth Orchestra.  He performs with Albany Symphony, Albany Pro-Musica, Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Glimmerglass Opera, Catskill Symphony and many others.

In January, we start the new year with Fresh Voices.   The strong young voices with whom we’re proud to share our stage are the Niskayuna High School Chorus, directed by Christina Pizzino-Catalano, in Mass of the Children, a 2003 non-liturgical mass by the British composer John Rutter.

Caprice, our whimsical March program in the intimate GE Theater, features a lively dance by Bach, Brook Green Suite for strings by Holst, and the colorful Trittico Botticelliano by Respighi.

And in April, Music in Bloom features another awesome homegrown treat, teenage pianist Rachel Sohn. There’s nothing that warms our hearts more than musically talented youth blooming in our own community.  In 2014, then only a freshman at Shenendehowa High School, Rachel won SSO’s Parillo Piano Competition.  In 2015, under her piano teacher, Young Kim of the College of Saint Rose, she went on to win the Capital District Council for Young Musicians’ Chopin Master competition.  We are thrilled to welcome her to perform with us.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

3:00 PM GE Theater

Suite No. 1, C Major  ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

Divertissement  ~ Jacques Ibert

Brook Green Suite  ~ Gustav Holst

Trittico Botticelliano  ~Ottorino Respighi

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Music In Bloom

Sunday, April 23, 2017

3:00 PM Proctors Mainstage

Overture in G ~ Edward Green

Concerto for Piano No 2, g minor ~ Camille Saint- SaënsRachel Sohn, Soloist

Symphony No. 4  ~ Johannes Brahms

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Dates, programs and soloists subject tochange

Past Concerts

Trick or Treat

Sunday, October 30, 2016

3:00 PM Proctors Mainstage

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Danse Macabre  ~ Camille Saint-Saëns

Concerto #1 for Horn ~ Richard Strauss

      Soloist, Victor Sungarian

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater  ~ Robert McBride

Funeral March of a Marionette ~ Charles Gounod 

Sorcerer’s Apprentice ~ Paul Dukas

Children invited to join us in costume!

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Fresh Voices

Sunday, January 22, 2017

3:00 PM Proctors Mainstage

Symphony No. 8, F major, op.93 – Ludwig van Beethoven

Pavane, op. 50  ~ Gabriel Fauré

Vocalise  ~ Sergei Rachmaninoff

Mass of the Children  ~ John Rutter

  Niskayuna High School Chorus, Christina Pizzino-Catalano, Director

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Christina Pizzino-Catalano, soprano & Woodrow Bynum, baritone

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