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"From Despair... Light" concert coming Sunday


We're proud to partner with Albany Pro Musica and WMHT to share news of this upcoming event...


As our world emerges from the tragedy that the COVID-19 pandemic has shrouded us in, Albany Pro Musica, led by Opalka Family Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, present "From Despair…Light!", an emotional journey from fear, conflict, and death to joy, peace, love, and redemption.


This concert features two world premiere performances, Bradley Ellingboe’s The Old Oak Tree and Steve Murray’s When Death Came for Us, along with works by Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, Jake Runestad, and Gabriel Fauré.

"From Despair…Light!" includes appearances by celebrated guest artists Philip Lima and Elizabeth Pitcairn, playing the legendary 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, with special contributions by the New York State Writers Institute.

Airing 4:30 p.m. Sunday June 6 on WMHT-TV, "From Despair...Light!" is a musical journey of healing and hope.


This concert is a co-production of Albany Pro Musica with WMHT Educational Telecommunications.