Yo-Yo Ma (photo courtesy of The Palace)
ALBANY — Maestro David Alan Miller’s 25th anniversary season with the Albany Symphony Orchestra continues with a special concert at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 8, featuring world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Yo-Yo Ma, one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical genre, returns to Albany to perform a decade after his first appearance with ASO. The award-willing cellist maintains a balance between his engagements as a soloist with orchestras around the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He is also involved with a number of initiatives which look to increase the number and variety of opportunities audience members of all ages have to experience and create music in their own communities.
The program features Richard Wagner’s Prelude to “Die Meistersinger,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings,” and Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto,” along with the world premiere of “Tone Poem,” a new work by American composer Conor Brown.
Individual ticket prices range from $50 to $100 (including service fees) depending on seating location. Tickets are still available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at (800) 745-3000, or in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office will remain open until the concert begins.
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The Palace Theatre is located at 19 Clinton Avenue in downtown Albany.
ALBANY — Families with fans of bunny siblings from Nickelodeon’s animated series “Max & Ruby” will want to be at The Egg Performing Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, for the musical production of “Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite.”
It’s Christmas Eve, and Ruby is busy trimming the tree, while Max is chasing the delicious scent of Grandma’s freshly baked gingerbread cookies! A knock at the door reveals a huge parcel from their Great Uncle Drosselmeyer. As the package is unwrapped, Ruby realizes that each new toy is from the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, including a Nutcracker doll!
As Grandma reads the story of the Nutcracker, their imaginations whisk them away to a magical land where they become characters in the beloved ballet. Dancing, singing and delicious treats follow, as the bunny pair experiences the wonder and excitement of the classic Nutcracker story.
All tickets cost $18 (does not include handling fees) each. An adult will be admitted for free when accompanied by a child with a paid admission ticket.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theegg.org or either stop by or call the box office at (518) 473-1845 today through Friday, Dec. 9 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 8:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
The Egg is located at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. Driving directions and parking information are available at www.theegg.org/directions.