Albagli & Friends - Feb. 17

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Department Performance - Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7pm

Faculty member Richard Albagli along with two of his top high school student musicians, William Lauricella and Tommy White, perform a percussion recital.

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The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present Albagli and Friends, a trio percussion recital, on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown University at Albany campus at 1400 Washington Avenue. The concert features faculty member Richard Albagli and two of his top high school student musicians: William Lauricella and Tommy White. 

The concert is subtitled The Song of the Earth which comes from the Frank Ticheli’s choral work Earth Song. “For music and singing has been my refuge, and music and singing have been my light. A light of song, shining strong... Through darkness pain and strife, I’ll sing, be, live, see…”

The program will include music of Bach, Rossini, Chopin, Bernstein, Billy Dorn, Scott Provancher and music from the vaudeville stage.  Also included are two large works: Alan Hovhaness’s “Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints” for marimba, piano and percussion and Kevin Romanski’s tour de force marimba duet “Waltz Español.”

Richard Albagli is the Principal Percussionist in the Albany Symphony, Co-Director of the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble and a founding member of Associated Solo Artists, a performing and creating organization dedicated to promoting and using the arts as a vehicle for advancing ideas in innovation, creativity and problem-solving.

“One of the most satisfying performing experiences of my life has been to create this concert series in which I share the stage with some of my top students,” claims Albagli. “This is the tenth or eleventh of these. Some previous players have gone on to play on Broadway, in major symphony orchestras, been nominated for Grammys, are associated with major college music programs, or have developed careers in other fields but have retained music as part of their lives.”

William Lauricella is a junior at Bethlehem Central High School. As a percussionist, he is a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble and has participated in the Juilliard and Manhattan Pre-college music program. Lauricella is also an extraordinary concert pianist having recently won first place prizes in major competitions.

Tommy White is a senior at Shaker High School and the Principal Percussionist in the Empire State Youth Orchestra. He was selected to play in the NY All-State orchestra this past December.