Jonathan Larson's hit musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The annual festival offers two distinct programs. Saturday night features musicians of all ages from around the Capital Region. On Sunday, the School of the Albany/Berkshire Ballet will be guest performers in their third festival appearance.
August Wilson’s play is set in 1936. Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick.
Music Program ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra) are joined by student groups (Serendipity, Pitch Please, Earth Tones) for a concert celebrating the season.
This collaborative concert between the UAlbany Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Michael Lister and the Festival Celebration Choir under the direction of Julie Panke features traditional holiday music.