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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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).
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.
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.
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.
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.