Albany Symphony Announces 2022 American Music Festival Up Next at Trailblaze NY

Albany Symphony Announces 2022 American Music Festival Up Next at Trailblaze NY

Music Director David Alan Miller and the musicians of your Albany Symphony announce what’s up next at the 2022 American Music Festival: TrailBlaze NY, a month-long celebration of new music in the Capital Region and Upper Hudson Valley. Hit the trail with Miller and the musicians as the orchestra presents free performances in Schuylerville, Kingston, Hudson, Schenectady, Albany and Amsterdam. June 11 to July 3: Free outdoor Symphony concerts across the region featuring local food and drinks, health and wellness events, kids activities & more, celebrating the completion of the Empire State Trail.

“The Albany Symphony and I are excited and proud to present our 2022 American Music Festival: TrailBlaze NY, a celebration of New York State’s glorious new Empire State Trail. Taking inspiration from our past celebrations of New York State history, Water Music NY and Sing Out, NY, we wanted to amplify the amazing story of the incredible 750-mile walking and cycling rail trail that now connects all residents of New York State to one another,” Miller said. “Each weekend will focus on different communities, with a day of music and celebration followed free Albany Symphony orchestra performance. It’s so much more than music-we’ll be partnering with communities on all sorts of events, from historic kayak trips, to yoga on the trail, to a sunset chamber music happening at Olana National Historic Site, and percussion pop-up and chamber music performances.It will be an absolutely unforgettable month of sights, sounds and experiences highlighting our region.”

TrailBlaze NY is the Albany Symphony’s latest regional tour of free concerts designed to spotlight the beauty, history and diversity of the region. The Empire State Trail, completed in 2020, connects Manhattan north to Canada and Albany west to Buffalo. In that spirit, the Albany Symphony is harnessing its role as pioneers of contemporary music to bring people together in celebration.

TrailBlaze NY is supported in part by New York State through a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY, the state’s Division of Tourism, through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with vital additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and corporate and individual donors from across the region.

The Festival continues as the Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller and local musical guests hit the trail to present free outdoor concerts and events in Schuylerville at Hudson Crossing Park on June 11, in Kingston at Hutton Brickyards on June 19, in Hudson at Basilica Hudson on June 24 with a special wind quintet sunset concert the following day at Olana National Historic Site, in Schenectady at Mohawk Harbor on July 1, in Albany at Jennings Landing on July 2, and in Amsterdam at Riverlink Park on July 3. Each stop features a daytime schedule of health and wellness events on and around the Empire State Trail, hiking and cycling opportunities, free activities for kids, craft food and drink selections by local vendors and more, tailored to celebrate the bountiful offerings of each community.

At 7:30 pm at each stop, the Albany Symphony will present a program featuring new music and summertime favorites including music by John Williams and John Philip Sousa, plus a folk-song sing-along. Many of the stops will feature a post-concert fireworks display.

“TrailBlaze NY is a unique opportunity for people from all over the Northeastern US and Canada to discover some of the most extraordinary towns in New York State and the glorious nature that surrounds them,” Miller said. “I hope all our friends and supporters will also join us to celebrate New York State in all its wonder and natural beauty, as well as our resilient communities and the things that connect us and bring us together, all the trails we explore, real and imagine.”

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