man with the baton: David Alan Miller.
PHOTO: Shannon DeCelle
Musical Valentine for Adults
wonders how they do it. David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony
Orchestra are again, beginning tonight, playing three shows
in three towns on consecutive nights.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, well, the theme of the program
just fell into place. The ASO almost always has a new work
to debut, and this time it’s a song cycle titled Love Songs.
is a set of love songs by Neil Rolnick,” Miller explained
in a telephone interview, “who is of course a wonderful local
had a long association with him; we pretty much started the
Dogs of Desire together,” Miller said. “Since it’s Valentine’s
Day, and our first concert is right on Valentine’s Day, we
talked about doing a set of love songs.”
Rolnick collaborated with writer Larry Beinhart, who wrote
the novel on which the film Wag the Dog was based.
Rolnick asked him for some poems, Miller said, and Beinhart
provided a set of five.
we’re all getting older, (they) reflect a more mature bias.
. . . It’s kind of a set of love poems for grown-ups.”
Miller said that the song cycle tracAes the trajectory of
a romance from the beginning through death. The first song
is called “Freedom,” and the last song is called “Lucky in
Life.” The latter begins with this lyric: “We come in alone,
and go out the same/If we’re lucky in life, love comes along.”
whole aesthetic of the piece is very pop. . . . They’re beautiful,
lilting love songs.”
With an “acerbic” tilt, that is, not shying away from the
difficulties of staying together and raising kids. Still,
he added that “it’s very touching and beautiful”
And it’s first on the program.
This will be followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 1,
featuring pianist Orion Weiss. Miller loves the Mozart piano
concertos: “For me they’re just the most romantic, extraordinary
works . . . the pinnacle of quality.”
Finally, the ASO will perform Robert Schumann’s blissfully
romantic “Spring” Symphony No. 1.
Asked about the complex logistics of putting on three symphony
concerts in three towns in three days, Miller laughed. After
the final rehearsal, “my part of the logistics is showing
up,” Miller said.
Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform tonight (Thursday,
Feb. 14) at 7:30 PM at the Canfield Casino (Congress Park,
Saratoga Springs); tickets are $27. They will perform tomorrow
(Friday, Feb. 15) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
(2nd and State streets, Troy); tickets are $23-$46. Finally,
they will perform Saturday (Feb. 16) at 7:30 PM at the Colonial
Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.); tickets are $27.
For info about Saratoga, call 465-4663. For info about Troy,
call 273-0038. For info about Pittsfield, call (413) 997-4440.