OUT AND ABOUT TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY
....in a different way....I am always looking to find different ways to celebrate holidays, milestones and events; and thanks to
the Albany Symphony and the New York State Canal System I found it!
The Albany Symphony presents Water Music a celebration of the 200th birthday of the great Erie Canal. ASO Grammy Award Winning Music Director David Alan Miller always tries to come up with new and exciting ways to present music. He teamed up with other local cultural and educational institutions to create this amazing week long event. We attended the performances at Jennings Landing at Corning Preserve in Albany; on Sunday night. And, at Schenectady County Historical Society at the Mabee Farm on Monday night.
Each night consisted on selections from Handel's Water Music, selections composed by young, up and coming composers; written to celebrate the birthday of the Erie Canal and performances by local cultural and educational groups; then some modern master and "Spirit of America" selections. At the end of each night a spectacular fire works display.
Sunday night at Jennings Landing
crossing the pedestrian bridge to the Corning Preserve and Jennings Landing along the beautiful Hudson River.
And the stage is set
The ASO and David have taken the stage and the show begins with a half hour of the best moments in Handel's Water Music.
The contemporary part of the evening with works from modern composer Daniel Schlosberg with help from Skidmore College Storytellers institute and the Jazz Ensemble from the Empire State Youth Orchestra.
The ASO capped off the evening with selections from American Masters like composer Aaron Copland and John Williams.
And of course the amazing fireworks!
The long 4th of July weekend celebration continued to Monday night at the Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction. The evening followed a similar program, Handel's Water Music, a theatrical presentation by Capital Repertory Theater, with new works by modern composer Annika Socolofsky; then to crowd favorites again by Aaron Copland and John Williams and ending again with some amazing fireworks. But this setting was a bit different and now we are on the banks of the beautiful Mohawk River.
I had the amazing opportunity to take a cruise on a bateau with a couple of musicians from the ASO. We watched the re enactors go through their paces and the fired off the canons to announce the evenings festivities. Then we got our chance. But, it was not a leisurely cruise, we were required to do some work too.
And here we go.
The stage is set up in front of the beautiful 1700's Dutch Farm House in this lovely riverside rural community (but just minutes outside the City of Schenectady.)
David and the ASO
Help from Cap. Rep.
And the night of music winds down just before the fireworks.
Two amazing nights of music, song and the spoken word. But of course there is still time for hot dogs, hamburgers and other yummy Summertime foods on Tuesday the 4th of July. But, I spent that day relaxing and watch the Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy Channel!
Happy Independence Day!