Albany Symphony unveils Sunday series

Gareth Johnson

Gareth Johnson

ALBANY — The Albany Symphony Orchestra is organizing a new concert series this year focusing on smaller, more intimate musical performances, conductor Claire Fox Hillard said.

The Jane and Harry Willson Chamber Concert Series will allow attendees closer access to musicians than they would ordinarily get during a symphony performance.

The series will feature small groups of performers, each group with its own specialty and genre of music.

All of the concerts start at 4 p.m. on Sunday and will take place at the Albany Art Museum. Light refreshments will be served during a meet-and-greet following the performances.

“We wanted a venue that that was intimate and would be in an artistic setting, so where better than the art museum?” Hillard said. “I’m excited about them because they’ll give people more access than they may typically get to performing artists and they’ll be able to meet the performers and chat with them after.”

The first concert is set for Nov. 11 and will feature the Flint River Trio — a pianist, clarinetist and cellist.

On January 13, the group “enhake” will perform — which features a pianist, a violinist, a cellist and a clarinetist who is a resident ensemble member with the Albany Symphony.

On March 3, Albany native Robert Sharpe and his wife, Diana, a guitar-and-percussion duo, will perform at the museum.

And April 7, the award-winning Sima Trio, featuring a pianist, violinist and cellist , will perform.