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Albany Symphony Orchestra ready to make beautiful music for 83rd season

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A local musical organization is celebrating their 83rd season. YNN's Vince Gallagher has more on what's coming up for yet another season.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Symphony Orchestra is making beautiful music once again.

"Over the two years we have enjoyed a 75 percent increase in subscriptions and that has stopped and reversed a seven year decline in subscribers," said Steve Lobel, Albany Symphony Orchestra Chairman.

Good news for the orchestra as they announce their 2013-2014 season. Orchestra representatives and city officials held a press conference at Proctors Theater to give some details on what's on stage for their 83rd year.

To begin, a celebrity musician.

"The legendary pianist Andre Watts, a great American pianist who made his debut in the Philharmonic at the age of 16, when Leonard Bernstien discovered him, will be here in January," said David Alan Miller, the orchestra’s conductor and music director.

There's also an American Music Festival, guest conductor appearances and the continued Sunday matinee concerts.

After 83 years of producing classical music, it's not only musical entertainment, it's also good for business.

"Not only as a premiere orchestra does it encourage tourism, but employment and entrepreneurship. It attracts a professional workforce which is necessary here for Albany County,” Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said.

And another bright note on the new season, the symphony is the only orchestra in the nation that's been chosen to return to Carnegie Hall for the Spring for Music Festival.

Miller said, "All sorts of major orchestras have appeared once, but no orchestra except for the Albany Symphony has been invited twice.”

And given the state of the arts in recent years, it isn't always easy for an organization to continue for 83 years.

"But things are always challenging and so we're always fighting the fight,” Miller said. “We're just thrilled that we can put on such high quality shows with great musicians."

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