13 December 2017

Music Faculty Member and Student In Production Chosen As Among Year’s Best by New York Times

Photo of Dr. Allyson Keyser and Todd DuBrey in Dr. Keyser's office with their trumpetsDr. Allyson Keyser, Associate Professor in the School of Music, often performs in orchestras and symphonies on stages across the Capital Region. One of those performances recently got a nod from New York Times critics as among the “Best Classical Music Performances of 2017.”

Last month, Dr. Keyser and Todd DuBrey, one of her students, performed with a small pit orchestra at Hudson Hall in Hudson, N.Y., in The Mother Of Us All, Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera about Susan B. Anthony and women’s suffrage. She was pleasantly surprised to open the New York Times earlier this month and spot a mention of the opera as one of the year’s best, alongside productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall, among others. “When we found out that the performances were sold out in advance of the first show, we knew the impact of this performance would spread far and wide, but never expected the New York Times to list it as a ‘Top 10’ performance of the year,” she said. “We are humbled and honored to have been involved in such an inspiring performance.”

Todd, a senior at Scotia-Glenville High School, takes classes at the College part time and is a member of several ensembles at both institutions. He’s been playing trumpet since he was 11 (he’s 17 now). “It makes me feel proud, being as young as I am and I’m impressed with myself that I’ve been able to do this,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Dr. Keyser isn’t resting on her laurels anytime soon. This weekend, she will be performing with Albany Pro Music in their Many Moods of Christmas show at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.