Community Matters July 2013

Troy Music HallTroy Savings Bank Music Hall

Box Office: (518)273-0038
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall isn’t a bank at all! Built in 1875 under the direction of George B. Post (architect of the New York Stock Exchange), the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is known internationally for its extraordinary acoustics and architectural beauty. The Music Hall has been at the at the center of Troy’s cultural life for more than a century. Today, the hall remains one of the finest 19th century auditorium structures in the United States.
In 1974, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1989 was classified as a National Historic Landmark. In 1979, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation was formed as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization for the purpose of managing and promoting the concert hall as a regional performing arts center.
As an integral part of the cultural landscape of Troy and the Capital Region, the Music Hall has consistently presented the world’s greatest stars in classical, jazz, folk and popular music. Guest artists have included Benny Goodman, Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Steve Martin and many, many more.
Some of the region’s finest musical ensembles bring their concerts to the hall: the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany Pro Musica, the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Berkshire Bach. The hall is also home to Troy Chromatics Concerts. The 117th season will include The Knights and Hilary Hahn.
Some additional fun facts about the Music Hall:

  • It is home to 50 or more concerts annually. Including other events, rehearsals and recordings, the hall is in use nearly 100 days each year.
  • More than 35,000 patrons visit the hall annually; 25 percent come from outside the Capital Region.
  • The hall presents free Music at Noon concerts featuring exceptional regional musicians.
  • It creates educational programs to involve audience members through artist residencies, lectures, demonstrations and printed materials and works directly with public schools to bring enrichment opportunities to students.
  • The Music Hall provides facility, box office and technical services to other arts and community organizations.
  • The hall has a long and storied history as a recording location and is the former home of Dorian Records. That tradition continues with many ensembles taking advantage of the spectacular acoustical environment that it provides.
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