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Aaron Jay Kernis

Andrew Russo, James Ehnes and the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2015


  The music of Aaron Jay Kernis doesn’t immediately suggest his influences, which only supports the charming, puzzling problem of his uniqueness. You can hear some Arvo Pärt in the second of his “Three Flavors,” a ...

An American Triumph

by B.A. Nilsson May 24, 2012


  Music is the only unmediated real-time cultural experience, which makes it potentially the most emotionally powerful. But emotional reactions can be mysterious, and therefore frightening, which is why we tend to mediate music with pictures ...

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Musical Affinities

by B.A. Nilsson October 26, 2011


Aaron Jay Kernis (pictured left) is the Albany Symphony’s “mentor composer” this season, and last weekend’s concerts featured a fascinating variety of Kernis-related musical shadings, performed with the kind of brio and skill that reminds ...

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Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff October 19, 2011


A musical feast is on offer this weekend in Troy and Saratoga Springs, courtesy of maestro David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The program being presented Saturday night (in Troy) and Sunday afternoon (in ...

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