Musical journey through time

Fresh off his Grammy win, David Alan Miller conducts family-friendly symphony program

Conductor David Miller is shown dressed as Michigan Miller in“Michigan Miller in Raiders of the Lost Symphony.”

Conductor David Miller is shown dressed as Michigan Miller in“Michigan Miller in Raiders of the Lost Symphony.”

Riding high on his recent Grammy win, Albany Symphony Orchestra conductor David Alan Miller is looking to expand his audience with a performance that appeals to the younger set.


• What: “Michigan Miller in Raiders of the Lost Symphony”

• When: Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.

• Where: The Palace Theatre, Albany

• How much: $18 for adults, free for children under 12

• Info:465-3334 or visit palacealbany.com.

Bethlehem native Miller accepted his first Grammy award Sunday, Jan. 26, in Los Angeles for Best Classical Instrument Solo. His busy schedule leaves him little time to celebrate — Miller and the orchestra will be back performing at the Palace Theatre Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.

The Feb. 9 performance, “Michigan Miller in Raiders of the Lost Symphony,” is part of the GE Kids in Free Day promotion sponsored by GE. Kids under 12 are admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Heather Mourer, director of marketing, said the performance is loosely based on the classic Indiana Jones series.

“David (Miller) dresses up as Indy and is on a search through time to find out the origins of the symphony,” said Mourer. “It’s an educational program that teaches children about the origins of the symphony and about the music.”

Miller said the show’s theme lets him cover a lot of ground musically.

“I play a musical archaeologist traveling through time, and every time we arrive in a different era, we play a different composer associated with that time, covering everyone from Mozart to Papa Hadyn,” said Miller.

Joseph “Papa” Hadyn is considered one of the creators of the symphony orchestra and earned his nickname from the musicians that worked for him as a term of endearment.

Children are encouraged to pretend they are archaeological adventurers and join Michigan Miller as he travels through the “Door of Time” into a murky musical past. Children get to help him solve the riddles of the evil “Symphonic Sphinx” in his effort to find “Papa” Haydn and unlock the mystery of the symphony’s beginnings.

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