'Musical Destination' makes a stop in Germany

ALBANY -- The Albany Symphony Orchestra will bring German flavor to the Good Life City this week as it presents "Baroque Germany" Saturday night.

The latest installment of the Orchestra's Musical Destination series begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Municipal Auditorium, located at 201 N. Jackson St. "Conversations with the Conductor" for concert attendees will precede the performance at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35-$38, depending on seat location, or $30-$33 for senior citizens and the military. Student tickets are $8. All seats are reserved.

Symphony Conductor Claire Fox Hillard will stand on the other side of the baton Saturday as he serves as violin soloist. Additional featured soloists will include principal Albany Symphony musicians, including concertmaster Alexander Reshetnichenko, second violinist Gerome Stewart, viola player Renate Falkner, cellist Steven Thomas, floutist Elizabeth Goode, oboe player Susan Brashier, bassoonist Shannon Lowe, Joshua Crook on French horn, Adam Hayes on trumpet and harpsichorist Marcia Hood.

These soloists will join the orchestra in bringing to life Johanne Sebastian Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos," a set of six individual pieces that showcase various combinations of instruments.

"The six 'Brandenburg Concertos' of Bach are masterpieces of the Baroque period," Hillard said. "As a group, they are a summation of Bach's mastery of instrumental writing."

For more information, call (229) 430-8933 or visit www.albanysymphony.org.