Special Concert & Event Series Exploring Capital Region Cultural Heritage

Organized by Albany Pro Musica

Event Listing

MAR • 10 • 7:30 pm

The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads

This program looks at the history and legacy of the Irish Catskills, an enclave of inns, hotels, and bungalows in New York’s famed vacation spot that was a summer getaway for many New York City-area Irish. The film traces the history and legacy of a beloved chapter of Irish-Americana by using archival photos, home movies, dozens of interviews and contemporary videography to tell the story on a personal and anecdotal scale.

WMHT-TV www.wmht.org

March • 17 • 1-2:30 pm

Facing the Global Immigration and Refugee Crisis

In this forum, U.N. officials, those responsible for responding to the refugee crisis here in the United States, and those living through it, will discuss the human costs of this historic human crisis. The keynote speaker is Maher Nasser, director of the Outreach Division for the United Nations’ Department of Public Information (DPI). He will be joined by Jill Peckenpaugh, director, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Albany Field Office, and Sana Mustafa, Bard College Student and Syrian Refugee.

Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany


MAR • 24 • 1:00 pm

“A City of Immigrants: A WAMC Conversation with Alan Chartock and featuring Paul Grondahl of the Times Union

WAMC Northeast Public Radio and the Times Union host a live radio discussion as part of Albany Pro Musica's A City of Immigrants celebration. Other guests joining the conversation have served as sources for Grondahl’s reporting in the Times Union.This event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live. The Linda • 339 Central Ave. Albany


MAR • 24 • 6:00 pm

Len Tantillo, Past and Present, An Artist’s Inspiration

Albany’s evolution--who we are as a city, region, state and nation is the sum total of the actions of generations past. Tantillo has depicted the changing lifestyle and physical development of our city from a pristine native environment, through the shock of European settlement, to the present day. He will share why he has dedicated his career to this subject and the courage and sacrifices of his four Italian immigrant grandparents. Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany


MAR • 25 • 8:00 pm

The Italian Americans of New York and New Jersey

This documentary celebrates the lives, achievements and rich diversity of the members of the Italian American communities of New York and New Jersey. The film chronicles their contributions that have helped shape the Metropolitan region and our entire nation.

WMHT-TV www.wmht.org

MAR • 26 • 2:00 pm

Schooling the Children of Schenectady's Italian & Polish Immigrants, 1900-1930

Dr. Robert Pascucci will discuss the impact that the large influx of Italian and Polish immigrant families had on the Schenectady schools. He will also examine the extent to which the schools helped assimilate the children and analyze both the achievement and failures of the educational system during these years. Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305


MAR • 28 - APR • 1

Southern Life, Northern City: The History of Albany’s Rapp Road Community

An exhibit prepared by the New York State Museum and the Rapp Road Historical Association depicts the Rapp Road Historic District, a community established by African Americans who came north in the 1920’s as a part of the Great Migration. The Rapp Road Community has been designated as a New York State and National Historic District. Selected items from Albany’s refugee and Latino/a communities will also be on display. Albany City Hall, First Floor Rotunda, March 28-April 1, M-F 8:30 am – 5 pm.


March • 29 • 2-4 pm

Immigration in New York State and the Greater Capital Region

The program will begin with a keynote address by Jorge I. Montalvo, deputy secretary of state for economic opportunity for New York State, who will discuss the role that New York State has played and can continue to play in immigration integration. The keynote will be followed by a panel of leaders from organizations from throughout the Capital Region dedicated to addressing the needs of immigrants discussing the opportunities and challenges they face. The moderator will be Times Union editor Rex Smith.

Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany


MAR • 29 • 7:30 pm


This program tries to answer the question: what is today’s Armenian identity and its evolution over time? It is a personal and passionate film searching for answers in today’s world. Coloring the quest for identity with interviews from unique and eclectic sources, exploring in parallel the lives of everyday people and their customs as we try to define the critical elements of identity, and transmitted cultural memory.

WMHT-TV www.wmht.org

MAR • 30 • 7:30 pm


This installment of the WMHT series focusing on the region’s creative community includes a profile of Albany Pro Musica along with several artists who share their experience of creating art as immigrants.

WMHT-TV www.wmht.org

MAR • 31 • 6:00 pm

The Honorable Jack McEneny, E Pluribus Unum / Out of Many, One

Local historian and former State Assembly Member in a presentation on the generations of immigrants from across the world, whose struggles, contributions and culture have created the unique character of each of the neighborhoods and communities that make up our diverse Capital Region. Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany


MAR • 31 • 6:00 pm

A City of Immigrants… It’s all about the Music!

As the April 3rd concert “City of Immigrants” by Albany Pro Musica approaches, Artistic Director and University at Albany Conductor in Residence Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo will present a lecture-demonstration of some of the music that will be performed at this concert. What cultures will be included and why? What composers were chosen and how they relate to the countries represented in this concert? What are the characteristics of the different styles of music coming from these different traditions and how have they influenced current American composers? These are some of the subjects to be discussed during a beautiful and entertaining night of singing by a small ensemble from Albany Pro Musica. Performing Arts Center (PAC) Room B-78, University at Albany. 1400 Washington Ave., Albany


APR • 1 • 7:30 pm

In Between Days

A film about the Korean immigrant experience, and Charlie Chaplin’s short, The Immigrants. Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus, New York State Writers Institute


APR • 2 • 12:30-4:30 pm

Crailo Fest

This celebration of Dutch Heritage will feature admission to the special exhibit, A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World along with Gospel music, dance and a talk on seventeenth century New Netherland slavery: Land of the Blacks. Crailo State Historic Site (9 ½ Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144) and The First Presbyterian Church, (34 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY 12144) Refreshments will be served. Tickets, $6 adult and $1 child, and can be reserved by calling 518 463-8738. Discounted tickets for the series, Crailo Fest (first Saturday of April, May and June).


APR • 29 • 7:00 pm


A screening of the Academy Award-nominated film with commentary by author Colm Tóibín Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus, New York State Writers Institute


A City of Immigrants Event Listing Ongoing Exhibits