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8:00 PM

Festive Fireworks

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
The Pennsylvania Ballet - Dancers
Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances
Connesson - Maslenitsa
Minkus - Pas de deux, from Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra's August residency will continue the new tradition of featuring Tchaikovsky's famed 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks, live cannon fire and dancers from The Pennsylvania Ballet, as the kick-off to the 2018 orchestra season.

 
2:00 PM

Symphonic Shakespeare

2:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Walton - Selections from As You Like It
Berlioz - Overture to Beatrice and Benedict
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
Mendelssohn - Excerpts from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

As part of SPAC's new Thursday Matinee series, Stéphane Denève will lead a “Symphonic Shakespeare” program of popular orchestral music set to Shakespeare's most illustrious works. Pieces by Tchaikovsky, Walton, Berlioz, and Mendelssohn will underscore excerpts performed by guest actors of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and As You Like It.

 
8:00 PM

The Planets: An HD Odyssey

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Kensho Watanabe - Conductor
Theofanidis - Rainbow Body
Sibelius - Night Ride and Sunrise
Holst - The Planets (including images from NASA)

In this unprecedented multimedia event led by conductor Kensho Watanabe, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform The Planets from the HD Odyssey film series, featuring images of NASA's exploration of the solar system brought to life in vivid form with the orchestra's performance of Holst's exciting, cosmic score.

According to The New York Times, “The images in the movie, produced and directed by Duncan Copp, were often astonishing.

 
8:00 PM

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Justin Freer - Conductor
Williams - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (complete with film)

Experience your favorite movies transformed with the music of a live symphony orchestra in the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series. For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ while a live symphony orchestra performs John Williams' unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™, based on J.K.

 
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8:00 PM

Mozart & Mahler

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Lucas and Arthur Jussen - Duo Pianos
Janai Brugger - Soprano
Mozart - Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365
Mahler - Symphony No. 4

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Saratoga for two weeks.

Yannick will be joined by internationally recognized Dutch piano duo Lucas and Arthur Jussen, who will perform at SPAC and with The Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time.

 
2:00 PM

Young Virtuosi: Carnival of the Animals

2:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Lucas and Arthur Jussen - Duo Pianos
Elgar - Selections from The Wand of Youth
Saint-Saëns - Carnival of the Animals
Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Carnival of the Animals is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Accompanied by accessible commentary, alongside projections of animal drawings submitted by local children, attendees are invited to follow each section of Saint-Saëns' classic piece while they listen. Young, virtuosic “piano brothers” Lucas and Arthur Jussen will perform alongside the Orchestra following their debut performance the previous evening.

 
8:00 PM

All Bernstein: Celebrating 100 Years

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Jennifer Koh - Violin
Bernstein - Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
Bernstein - Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion
Bernstein - Scenes from West Side Story
Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin pay homage to the birth centennial of the composer-conductor with an All-Bernstein program featuring an orchestral suite from his only film score, On the Waterfront, Serenade featuring violinist Jennifer Koh, and scenes from West Side Story. Making her SPAC debut, Jennifer Koh, Musical America's 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, is recognized for her intense, commanding performances.

 
8:00 PM

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Constantine Kitsopoulos - Conductor
Williams - Star Wars: A New Hope (complete with film)

“The Force is strong with this one…”

Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

 
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8:00 PM

The Orchestra Unleashed!

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Serhiy Salov - Piano
Strauss - Don Juan
Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, for piano and orchestra
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra

Born into the exceptional pianistic tradition of the Ukraine, Serhiy Salov is recognized as an outstanding pianist, whose playing is both energetic and imbued with sensitivity. Salov, who will be making his SPAC and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts, is Artist-in-Residence at the Orchestre Métropolitain.

 
2:00 PM

Captivating Classics

2:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
David Kim - Violin
Choong-Jin Chang - Viola
Rossini - Overture to William Tell
Mozart - Sinfonia concertante, K. 364, for violin, viola, and orchestra
Musorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition

The final Philadelphia Orchestra matinee of the season will feature Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang for an evening of “Captivating Classics.” Kicking off the afternoon is the festive Overture to William Tell, irrevocably remembered for its exciting final three minutes, which came to serve as the theme music for the Lone Ranger programs in movies and on radio and television.

 
8:00 PM

Joshua Bell with The Philadelphia Orchestra

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Joshua Bell - Violin
Dvorák - Othello Overture
Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”)

Returning to SPAC for two encore performances is celebrated violinist Joshua Bell. With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, he will perform two closing evenings including an August 17 program highlighted by Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1.

 
8:00 PM

The Red Violin with Joshua Bell

8:00 PM, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Michael Stern - Conductor
Joshua Bell - Violin
Corigliano - The Red Violin (complete with film)

The Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin follows the intricate history of a beautiful antique violin that is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker (Carlo Cecchi) paints it with his dead wife's blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montréal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Over the intervening years, the violin travels through four different countries, where it has a profound impact on all those who own it.

 
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Format: 2018-08-15