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Empire State Youth Orchestra To Celebrate 40th Anniversary At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

The ESYO 40th anniversary celebration will take place on November 2 and feature the music of Shostakovich, Elgar and others.

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Music Director and Conductor Carlos Ágreda will lead the Empire State Youth Orchestra at its 40th Anniversary bash on November 2.

It’s time for your curtain call, Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO). After four decades of offering exceptional music training and performance opportunities to young musicians throughout the Capital Region and western New England, the ESYO will throw a 40th anniversary celebration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall this Saturday, November 2.

The award-winning youth orchestra, which is based at Schenectady’s Proctors, will perform a program filled with classical fanfare, from Shostakovich’s Festive Overture to Die Fledermaus by Strauss II and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. The concert will also feature guest artist and principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Olsen, performing Edward Elgar’s fiery Cello Concerto in E Minor. (Olsen grew up in Albany and is an ESYO alumnus.) ESYO Music Director and Conductor Carlos Ágreda will also give a pre-concert presentation about the four pieces on the program. Tickets are just $20, and can be purchased online.

In addition to the ESYO’s birthday celebration, there’s a lot more going on in Saratoga Springs and throughout the Greater Capital Region this week/weekend. Check out saratoga living‘s hand-curated list below.

Tuesday

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present its brew-inspired Science on Tap: The Science of Voting – A Revolution in Modern Political Campaigning at The Parting Glass in Saratoga (October 29)

Catch the Saratoga premiere of How to Tell a True Immigrant Story, a new 360-degree VR film set in the Spa City, as part of Caffè Lena’s In Their Own Words series (October 29)

Opera Saratoga begins its 2019-20 season with the 6th Annual Saratoga Sings! for Seniors tour at various senior centers in Saratoga County (October 29 through November 1)

Wednesday

Enjoy spooky drinks, cocktails and more at Saratoga City Tavern’s 3rd Annual Haunted House (October 30)

Don’t miss the kick-off of a new exhibition, Glens Falls at Work: Photo & Audio Exhibit, at the Crandall LIbrary’s Folklife Center (October 30)

Thursday

For Halloween, Solevo Kitchen + Social in Saratoga will transform into the costume-themed Blackbeard’s Seafood House & Pirate Bar (October 31)

Don’t miss a special Halloween party featuring Hartley’s Encore and Bearly Dead and more at Putnam Place in Saratoga (October 31)

For Halloween, Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is throwing a Death at a Wedding: Murder Mystery Dinner Show (October 31)

Jazz at the Spring presents a special Halloween concert with Dom Minasi and DTR Jazz at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga (October 31)

Albany’s Crossgates Mall is celebrating All Hallow’s Eve with its own MALL-O-WEEN (October 31)

Friday

Northshire Bookstore is bringing award-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo to the Saratoga Springs City Center to present her new book Beverly, Right Now (November 1)

The US Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s preeminent jazz ensemble from D.C., will give a free concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre (November 1)

The Malta Community Center is hosting its Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair 2019 (November 1)

Watch the classic dark comedy Clue with Live Shadow Cast at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls (November 1-2)

The NYC Craft Beer Festival’s Halloweekend Harvest kicks off this weekend at Union West in Manhattan (November 1-2)

There will be plenty of fine and classic cars to admire all weekend during the Albany Auto Show at the Times Union Center (November 1-3)

The Northeast Filmmakers Lab returns to The Linda in Albany to offer a three-day lab and workshop for cinephiles (November 1-3)

Join raw food author, speaker and chef, Karen Ranzi, for an all-inclusive, three-day Women’s Health Retreat at the Hideaway Suites in Rhinebeck (November 1-3)

Saturday

Take part in a costumed  “run-walk-roll” with the Joy US Foundation‘s Stronger Than Cancer Day throughout Downtown Saratoga (November 2)

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council will host its Annual Fall Arts Festival at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury (November 2)

Latin Grammy-winning, superstar singer Marc Anthony brings his Opus Tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (November 2)

Capital District native and singer-songwriter Bob Warren will celebrate half a century of performing, with 50 Years of The Bob Warren Band at Saratoga’s Caffè Lena (November 2)

The Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective of Indian-inspired music, is performing at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson (November 2)

Sunday

Anyone planning or thinking about upcoming nuptials in the near future won’t want to miss the 2019 National Museum of Dance Bridal Expo at Saratoga’s National Museum of Dance (November 3)

Save some room for a Fall Festival with Pig Roast and Chicken BBQ at the Lansing’s Farm Market in Troy (November 3)

Saratoga’s Fourth Annual Veteran’s Ball will take place in the Hall of Springs at Saratoga Spa State Park (November 3)

Get ready for some Caribbean rock with Haitian ensemble Ram, performing at Troy’s The Sanctuary for Independent Media (November 3)

Celebrate the Big Apple’s bustling market scene with the New York City Public Markets Festival at Pier 17 in Manhattan (November 3)

The Glens Falls Symphony will celebrate the art of dance with Ballet Grace, a program of the best ballet music at Glens Falls High School (November 3)

Jeff Dingler
Jeff Dingler

Jeff Dingler is saratoga living's Senior Writer. He's a graduate of Skidmore College and a professional musician.

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