DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND THEATRE
2018-19 Music Program Performances

The Orchestral Piano
Wednesday, September 12 at 8pm
Duncan Cumming and Melinda Cestaro play music for two pianos with orchestral connections by Bach, Brahms, Dvořák, Strauss, Scott Joplin and Robert Burns. more info

Max Lifchitz, photo by Carlo De JesusTangos and More
Monday, September 17 at 7pm
Max Lifchitz celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month performing dance inspired piano music from
Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela
and the United States. more info

Victoria von Arx
Saturday, September 22 at 7pm
The pianist performs works by Beethoven, Liszt, George Theophilus Walker and Albin Zak. more info

Capital Trio, photo by Mark SchmidtSongs and Sounds for Silver
Friday, October 5 at 3pm - Free admission
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department faculty, along with guests from other CAS Departments and the Renaissance Center, present a concert of music and spoken word including the premiere of a new work by the Capital Trio written by Max Lifchitz with poetry by Leonard Slade, a Dvořák song cycle, music of Satie with narration, a selection from “Godspell” and more. more info 

Art Songs from Latin America

Thursday, October 11 at 7pm
Soprano Celia Castro and tenor Mario Arevalo join pianist Max Lifchitz for an intimate exploration of the Latin American Art Song. Music by composers from Argentina, Dominican Republic and Mexico will be featured along with Lifchitz's song cycle Rosa Divina (Divine Rose) inspired by the poetry of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. more info

Student Recital
Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm - Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster

Serenade for Haiti
Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm - Free admission
A new documentary about the Sainte Trinité Music School of Port-au-Prince is screened.
Cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures with support from University Auxiliary Services, University at Albany Libraries and the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies.
more info
Bob Gluck and Kyra Gaunt

Ways to Freedom
Thursday, October 25 at 7pm
Through music, poetry and improvisation, vocalist Kyra
Gaunt and pianist Bob Gluck explore themes of freedom. The artists will offer a free open rehearsal from 3-4pm. more info

University Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band
Sunday, October 28 at 3pm
Two of the University’s large ensembles present a shared program. more info


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Max Lifchitz, photo by Carlo DeJesus
Capital Trio, photo by Mark Schmidt
Bob Gluck and Kyra Gaunt


The Choral Hour

Sunday, November 4 at 3pm
The University-Community Chorale and University Chamber Singers perform under the direction of new faculty conductor Michael Pfitzer. more info

University Jazz Ensemble
Monday, November 12 at 7pm
The mid-sized ensemble presents a concert of popular jazz standards. see show poster

Bach to Broadway 2017, photo by Mingqi HuangBach to Broadway
Friday, November 16 at 7:30pm
Voice students present an evening of favorites from the classical, Broadway and contemporary repertoire in a staged format. see show poster

Student Recitals
Monday, December 3 and
Friday, December 7 at 6pm
- Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster

Senior Recital: Angela Matheny, soprano
Saturday, December 8 at 3pm - Free admission

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 9 at 3pm
Music Program ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra) are joined by student groups (Serendipity, Earth Tones, Pitch Please, Harmonic Cadences) for a concert celebrating the season. see show poster

Twenty Drummers Drummin’
Monday, December 10 at 7pm
The University Percussion Ensemble performs. see show poster


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photo this page:
Bach to Broadway 2017 performers, photo by Mingqi Huang

Bagatelles Without Tonality
Monday, February 4 at 7pm
Max Lifchitz plays piano music by living composers inspired by Liszt's prophetic masterpiece. more info

Master Class in Violin and Viola
Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm
Master teacher Sasha Margolis gives an advanced class in violin and viola featuring student performers. see poster

Akina YuraAkina Yura
Saturday, March 2 at 7pm
This brilliant Japanese artist performs new compositions and
favorite standard works for piano. more info

Concert in the Round
Monday, March 4 at 7pm
The University Concert Band performs in a small theatre with the audience surrounding the band, just one row away! see show poster

Festival of Contemporary Music
Monday, March 11 at 7pm
The University Percussion Ensemble performs a world premiere work.
more info
Melanie Shank

Transitions and Turning Points
Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm
Recent graduates Melanie Shank and Joshua Tanis present a program of music for voice and piano with works by Strauss, Hoiby, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Weill. more info

University Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, March 14 at 7:30pm
With conductor Christopher David Neubert, this large ensemble presents works representing outstanding repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group is well-known for programming works by Dvořák, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchiakovsky and Hindemith. more info

Vernal Equinox Celebration
Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm Rescheduled to March 28
Pianist Max Lifchitz celebrates the arrival of spring performing Beethoven's Pastoral Sonata and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. more info


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Akina Yura
Melanie Shank

Jazz Improvisations
Thursday, April 4 at 7pm
Faculty member Bob Gluck welcomes guest artists in a concert performance. A free open rehearsal will be offered 3-4pm. more info

Youth Movements XI
Sunday, April 7 at 3pm - Free admission
The 11th annual festival features a program of young musicians from the Capital Region.
see show poster
The Opera Project 2018, photo by Julia Noakes

The Opera Project
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
This performance is the culmination of an intensive exploration and rehearsal of
repertoire with an invited operatic director.
see show poster


University Jazz Ensemble
Monday, April 22 at 7pm
The mid-sized ensemble presents a concert of popular jazz standards. see show poster

Master Class with José María Vitier
Friday, April 26 at 3pm- Free admission
Canceled
Composer José María Vitier offers a master class remotely which will feature UAlbany students on piano and voice.

Senior Recital: Tina Haq, mezzo-soprano
Saturday, April 27 at 4pm - Free admission

Pre-Concert Lecture
Sunday, April 28 at 1pm -
Free admission (for ticketholders for The Choral Hour)
Prior to The Choral Hour concert, Director of Choral Studies Mike Pfitzer will give a talk about composer José María Vitier, his work Misa Cubana (to be performed during the concert), music in Cuba and Vitier's life in Cuba. more info

University Chorale, photo by Gary GoldThe Choral Hour

Sunday, April 28 at 3pm
The University-Community Chorale and University Chamber Singers perform under the direction of new faculty conductor Michael Pfitzer. more info

Student Recitals
Thursday & Friday, May 2 & 3 at 6pm - Free admission
A host of performers showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as part of their departmental studies. see show poster

University Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, May 5 at 3pm
With conductor Christopher David Neubert, this large ensemble presents works representing outstanding repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group is well-known for programming works by Dvořák, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchiakovsky and Hindemith. more info

Sound of the Trumpets, Roll of the Drums
Monday, May 6 at 7pm
The University Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band present a shared program. more info

Senior Recital: Xin Huang (J.), piano
Wednesday, May 8 at 6pm - Free admission


Admission for all of the above (unless otherwise indicated)
Advance tickets: $5 general public / $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $10 general public / $5 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff

Photos this page:
The Opera Project 2018, photo by Julia Noakes
University Chorale, photo by Gary Gold