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Classical Concerts 2015

Students interested in attending one (or more!) of the events in the Classical Concerts Series for Fall of 2015 may find the information on the events below. For most shows, tickets are made available one week prior to the performance. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once tickets are available, they may be picked up in the Rensselaer Student Union Administration Office. To be added to the listserv for notifications about ticket pickup, email



Friends of Chamber Music: The Baltimore Consort

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015  7:30 pm

Emma Willard School

The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. The Baltimore Consort's arrangements of early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain speak to the heart as well as the mind, and their love for the early music of English/Scottish heritage has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian Mountains and Nova Scotia. More recently, the group has explored the extraordinary repertory from the Iberian peninsula awill in a program entitled "Cancionero: Early Music from Spain."

Albany Symphony: An Evening with Emanuel Ax

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 7:00 pm

Palace Theater

Mr. Ax has turned his attention toward the music of 20th-century composers, premiering works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner. Mr. Ax is also devoted to chamber music, and has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki. They have two children together, Joseph and Sarah. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

Friends of Chamber Music: Parker Quartet

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 3:00 pm

Emma Willard School

The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its dynamic, melodic style.  The trio has been known since its formation in 1995 for an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance; the musicians of the trio share equally, through interpersonal cues, in shaping the tempo, mood, texture, and form of the music. 

Troy Chromatic Concerts: Munich Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 7:30 pm

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Founded in 1945, the Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of the most distinguished ensembles of the Bavarian capital. Its numerous tours have been presented on leading concerts stages across Europe, the US, and Asia. Philippe Entremont, the orchestra’s honorary conductor, has had a celebrated career btoh as a conductor and as one of the world’s major pianists.

Berkshire Symphony Trip

Friday, November 20th, 2015 8:00 pm show, campus departure between 5-6pm

Williams College, Williamstown MA (transportation provided)

*Registration required

The Berkshire Symphony presents Roy Harris Symphony No. 3, Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto featuring soloist Mark Peskanov. Audience members are also invited to attend a pre-concert talk with conductor of the Berkshire Symphony, Ronald Feldman. The talk will be held in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, which is adjacent to Chapin Hall.

The Berkshire Symphony is a 75-member symphonic orchestra comprising, in roughly equal proportions, Williams College music students, Williams music faculty members, and area professionals. The Symphony performs music by a range of composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Wagner. Students are paired with their teachers and mentors throughout the rehearsal period and throughout the performance season. Seated this way, the students are exposed to a level of professionalism and discipline that is rare in an educational setting. At the same time, the students’ infectious enthusiasm contributes to the Berkshire Symphony’s remarkable energy and rich sound. Four concerts are presented each season. The goal is to expose students to a broad range of symphonic repertory, while maintaining a commitment to perform music by living and American composers.

Troy Chromatic Concerts: Eric Owens, Bass-baritone

Friday, December 4th, 2015 7:30pm

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Eric Owens has the unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classical works and a champion of new music in critically-hailed recital, orchestral, oratorio and operatic performances. With his first place honors in several vocal competitions, Mr. Owens’ many dramatic roles have won rave reviews with opera companies at the Metropolitan, Covent Garden, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston.


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