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Saratoga 2015 - Week Two

August 17, 2015

Following a successful week one of residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the Philadelphia Orchestra’s second week of concerts kicked off with Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru leading an All-Beethoven program on Wednesday, August 12, featuring Emanuel Ax performing the composer’s Third Piano Concerto. Also on the program were Beethoven's Overture from Coriolan and his Third Symphony, "Eroica." 

Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," in rehearsal on Wednesday, August 12 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

A view of the lawn at SPAC while the Orchestra performs Beethoven's Overture from Coriolan. 

Pianist and good friend of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Emanuel Ax performs Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto for SPAC audiences. 

Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven's Third Symphony, "Eroica." 

Thursday, August 13 brought Broadway star Megan Hilty and Maestro Steven Reineke to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for a program of Broadway hits and music from television show Smash.  

Following rehearsal on Thursday, August 13, violinists Daniel Han and Julia Li performed a PopUp Concert at the Children's Museum of Saratoga. 

Violinists Daniel Han and Juilia Li performed in the Bandstand at the Children's Museum, and spoke to the attentive audience about the history of their instruments, how they became professional musicians, and more. 

On Friday, August 14, Maestro Bramwell Tovey arrived in Saratoga along with four dancers from the New York City Ballet to perform a program of Winter Tales. The concert featured Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from The Snow Maidenm, Waldteufel's “The Skaters’” Waltz, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and selections from Tchaikovsk's The Nutcracker (with the dancers from NYCB).

Bramwell Tovey leads the Orchestra in rehearsal on August 14. 

Prior to the concert on Friday, August 14, the Orchestra's softball team, the Philly Firebirds, played a game against the Luzerne Music Center Chipmunks at the camp. Here, violinist Paul Roby waits his turn at bat!   

Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa up at bat for the Philly Firebirds! 

After playing nine innings, the game ultimately resulted in a tie. 

A great time had by all! Philly Firebirds players included violinists Paul Roby and Daniel Han, violist David Nicastro, Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa, trumpet player Anthony Prisk, and bass trombone player Blair Bollinger.

On Saturday, August 15, cellist Johannes Moser joined the Orchestra and Maestro Bramwell Tovey for Elgar's Cello Concerto. 

Finishing out week two of The Philadelphia Orchestra's residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Bramwell Tovey led a program that included Delius's "The Walk to the Paradise Garndem" from A Village Romeo and Juliet, Elgar's Cello Concerto (pictured), and Holst's The Planets, featuring the Albany Pro Musica choir. 

Jonannes Moser posts for a post-concert photo with a few of the fabulous cellists of The Philadelphia Orchestra: Principal Hai-Ye Ni, Acting Assistant Principal John Koen, Alex Veltman, and Derek Barnes. (Photo courtesy Johannes Moser's twitter account)