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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Summer 2017 Season Includes Returns to Cherished Partners

June 1, 2017

FREE Neighborhood Concert at Northeast High School (June 29)

FREE Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing (June 30)

FREE Side-by-Side with NYO2 at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (July 18)

 

Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (July 7-15)

 

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

(July 19, 22, 25, 26, and 28)

 

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (August 2-19)

 

(Philadelphia, June 1, 2017)—The Philadelphia Orchestra’s summer season overflows with varied programming, events for young and old, free performances, and more. In addition to the Orchestra’s three major summer homes―the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Bravo! Vail festival, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)―the Orchestra performs Neighborhood Concerts and again partners with Carnegie Hall for a collaboration with NYO2, for a total of 27 performances by the full orchestra. 

Neighborhood Concerts

This summer, in addition to the traditional concert at Penn’s Landing, which will be followed by a fireworks display (June 30), The Philadelphia Orchestra visits a new venue, Northeast High School (June 29, with a rain date of July 1 for the Northeast High School concert only). A stage will be constructed in the school’s football field, as part of “New Audiences, New Places,” marking the Orchestra’s commitment to consider all of Philadelphia its own neighborhoods. The June 29 Free Neighborhood Concert is sponsored by the William Penn Foundation, and the June 30 Free Neighborhood Concert is presented by Wells Fargo.

NYO2

Continuing its partnership with Carnegie Hall, The Philadelphia Orchestra will again perform side-by-side with members of NYO2, in Verizon Hall on July 18 and at Carnegie Hall on July 20. Launched in the summer of 2016 as an extension of Carnegie Hall’s acclaimed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2 aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, with a particular focus on attracting talented students from communities underserved by, and underrepresented in, the classical orchestral field. Over the course of their time in Philadelphia the members of NYO2 will also work with Philadelphia music students in West Philadelphia.

Bravo! Vail Festival

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève share podium honors during the Orchestra’s 11th summer at the Bravo! Vail festival. Each brings audience favorites and more recently composed music. Denève selected a wide range of repertoire, from John Williams’s evocative score for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial through favorites by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and a world premiere by Guillaume Connesson, a compatriot Denève has long championed (July 7-9).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Mason Bates’s “symphonic ricochet” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Alternative Energy, a trio of fascinating transcriptions of works by Bach and Brahms by Leopold Stokowski and Detlev Glanert, respectively; and beloved favorites with violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Yefim Bronfman (July 13-15).

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

At the Mann Center for the Performing Arts the Orchestra will perform five concerts. Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève makes his Mann Center debut with an all-Tchaikovsky evening (July 19). Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru conducts the world premiere of Nolan Williams, Jr.’s Hold Fast to Dreams (July 25), part of the Mann Center’s New Frontiers: Launch, Explore, Discover Festival, which honors Philadelphia’s own Col. Guion Bluford, the first African American in space. Two films, Jurassic Park (July 22) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (July 28), showcase the music of John Williams. And the People’s Choice concert (July 26), featuring music selected by Philadelphia audiences as heard on WRTI, will also be led by Măcelaru.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Three weeks and three different national musical styles explored: Russian (led by Stéphane Denève, August 2 and 3), American (with Baltimore Symphony Music Director Marin Alsop and the beloved Bramwell Tovey on the podium, August 9-11), and French (Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, August 17 and 18). The soaring Cirque de la Symphonie returns (August 4), and Sophisticated Ladies (August 16) celebrates groundbreaking icons of American popular song. Two films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (August 6) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (August 12) highlight the evocative work of John Williams, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin celebrates an evening of operatic highlights to close the season (August 19).   


The Philadelphia Orchestra Summer Calendar

(June 29-August 19, 2017)

 Neighborhood Concerts

June 29 at 7:30 PM – Thursday evening — Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Ave. (rain date July 1 for this concert only)

June 30 at 8:00 PM – Friday evening — RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Bernstein                   Overture to Candide

Bernstein                   West Side Story, Selection for Orchestra

Gould                        “Pavane,” from American Symphonette No. 2

Márquez                    Danzón No. 2

Various                      Armed Forces Salute

Williams                    “The Imperial March," from Star Wars

Williams                    “Throne Room” and Finale, from Star Wars

Tchaikovsky              1812 Overture

June 29: This performance is free and open to the public with all seating general admission. Tickets can be reserved starting at 12 PM on Thursday, June 1, at www.philorch.org. Reserving a ticket does not guarantee admittance, as attendance is first-come, first-served. This Free Neighborhood Concert is sponsored by the William Penn Foundation.

June 30: This performance is free and open to the public with all seating general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are necessary, but RSVP’s are encouraged through www.philorch.org starting at 12 PM on Thursday, June 1. This Free Neighborhood Concert is presented by Wells Fargo.

 

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

July 7 at 6:00 PM – Friday evening — Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Stéphane Dèneve Conductor

James Ehnes Violin

Tchaikovsky/arr. Stokowski   Andante cantabile, from String Quartet No. 1

Tchaikovsky                          Violin Concerto

Sibelius                                 Symphony No. 2

The Fabulous Philadelphians return to Vail with the dazzling pyrotechnics and breathtaking melodies of Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto, alongside the orchestral gem that is Sibelius’s most popular symphony.

Tickets are available through the Box Office, by calling 877.812.5700, or by e-mailing ticketing@bravovail.org.

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert: Film with Live Score

July 8 at 7:30 PM – Saturday evening — Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Stéphane Dèneve Conductor

Williams                                E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (complete with film)

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, complete film with live orchestra performing the entire score. A Bravo! Vail tradition continues! As dusk falls, watch this family-friendly magical sci-fi film on giant screens over the stage while John Williams’s enchanting score is performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tickets are available through the Box Office, by calling 877.812.5700, or by e-mailing ticketing@bravovail.org.

 

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

July 9 at 6:00 PM – Sunday evening — Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Haochen Zhang Piano

Connesson                            Tombeau de regrets—world premiere

Rachmaninoff                        Piano Concerto No. 4

Beethoven                             Symphony No. 7

This wonderfully crowd-pleasing program includes a colorful premiere, the Vail debut of pianist Haochen Zhang in a brilliant but rarely performed Rachmaninoff concerto, and Beethoven’s tenderly masterful Seventh Symphony.

Tickets are available through the Box Office, by calling 877.812.5700, or by emailing ticketing@bravovail.org.

 

Yannick Conducts Bach and Brahms

July 13 at 6:00 PM – Thursday evening — Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Brahms/trans. Glanert                        Selections from Eleven Chorale Preludes

Bach/arr. Stokowski                           Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Bach/arr. Stokowski                           Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Brahms                                             Symphony No. 2

Yannick Nézet-Séguin showcases the famously lush “Philadelphia Sound” with unique arrangements of Bach organ works, along with selections from Brahms’s Eleven Chorale Preludes and the glorious Symphony No. 2.

Tickets are available through the Box Office, by calling 877.812.5700, or by e-mailing ticketing@bravovail.org.

 

Shaham Plays Mozart

July 14 at 6:00 PM – Friday evening — Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Gil Shaham Violin

Tchaikovsky                          Francesca da Rimini

Mozart                                   Violin Concerto No. 3

Stravinsky                             Petrushka

Grammy-award winning violinist Gil Shaham returns to Bravo! Vail with Mozart’s elegant Violin Concerto No. 3, bookended by Tchaikovsky’s passionate Francesca da Rimini and Stravinsky’s vibrantly colorful rendition of the classic Russian folktale.

Tickets are available through the Box Office, by calling 877.812.5700, or by e-mailing ticketing@bravovail.org.

 

Bronfman, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky

July 15 at 6:00 PM – Saturday evening — Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Yefim Bronfman Piano

Beethoven                             Selections from The Creatures of Prometheus

Prokofiev                               Piano Concerto No. 2

Bates                                     Alternative Energy

Tchaikovsky                          1812 Overture

Bravo! favorite Yefim Bronfman channels the steely intensity of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, and the powerful 1812 Overture provides a fitting finale for the Fabulous Philadelphians’ series at Bravo! Vail.

Tickets are available through the Box Office, by calling 877.812.5700, or by e-mailing ticketing@bravovail.org.

 

Side-by-Side with NYO2

July 18 at 7:30 PM – Tuesday evening — Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

July 20 at 7:30 PM – Thursday evening — Carnegie Hall

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

Esperanza Spalding Vocals and Bass—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Copland                        Billy the Kid Suite (NYO2 alone)

Various                         Set with Esperanza Spalding

Falla                             Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat (Philadelphia Orchestra alone—July 18 only)

Stravinsky                    Suite from The Firebird

The July 18 performance is free and open to the public with all seating general admission. Tickets can be reserved starting at 12 PM on Wednesday, July 12, at www.philorch.org. Reserving a ticket does not guarantee admittance, as attendance is first-come, first-served.

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert are available here.

 

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

July 19 at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening — The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Yijia Wang Piano—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Tchaikovsky                          Selections from The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky                          Francesca da Rimini

Tchaikovsky                          Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky                          1812 Overture

This all-Tchaikovsky program ranges from the powerful virtuosity of the Piano Concerto No. 1 to the aching beauty of Francesca da Rimini, the story of Dante’s star-crossed lovers Francesca and Paolo. The evening’s performance will be complete with fireworks after the 1812 Overture. Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève makes his Mann debut with this performance.

Tickets are on sale now via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000, and the Mann Box Office.

 

Jurassic Park in Concert

July 22 at 7:30 PM – Saturday evening — The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Aram Demirjian Conductor

Williams                                 Jurassic Park (complete with film)

One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’s most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. The film, masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, will be projected in HD with The Philadelphia Orchestra performing Williams’s magnificent score live to picture.

Tickets are on sale now via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000, or the Mann Box Office.

 

The Heavens Are Telling

July 25 at 8:00 PM – Tuesday evening — The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Leah Hawkins Soprano—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Elena Perroni Soprano—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Marco Cammarota Tenor—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Frank Mitchell Bass-baritone—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Derrick Pitts Narrator

The Mann Festival Choir

R. Strauss                             “Dawn,” from Also sprach Zarathustra

Haydn                                   “The Heavens Are Telling,” from The Creation

N. Williams, Jr.                      Hold Fast to Dreams – world premiere

J. Williams                            “Adventures on Earth,” from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Dvořák                                  “Song to the Moon,” from Rusalka

Puccini                                  “È lucevan le stelle,” from Tosca

Bernstein                               “Balcony Scene,” from West Side Story

Holst                                     “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” from The Planets  

This program features a mix of space-themed and space-inspired music. A highlight will be the world premiere of Nolan Williams, Jr.’s Hold Fast to Dreams, a commissioned work honoring the legacy of Philadelphia’s own Col. Guion Bluford, the first African-American in space. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and planetarium director for the Franklin Institute, will narrate. The Mann Center Festival Choir will be comprised of participants from Intermezzo, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Sounds of Joy, and the St. Thomas Chancel Choir of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas.

Tickets are on sale now via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800.745,3000, and the Mann Box Office.

 

The People’s Choice Concert

July 26 at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening — The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

Sibelius                                 Finlandia

Liszt                                      Les Préludes

Borodin                                  Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor

Wagner                                 Overture to Tannhäuser

Tchaikovsky                          Capriccio italien

In collaboration with Philadelphia’s classical radio station WRTI, the Mann Center and The Philadelphia Orchestra invited the audience to program this concert. In preceding weeks, the concert listeners voted on their favorite pieces as WRTI aired selections. Audience members, voting online, selected the program. An encore will be chosen that night by the entire Mann Center audience.

Tickets are on sale now via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000, and the Mann Box Office.

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with The Philadelphia Orchestra

July 28 at 7:30 PM – Friday evening — The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Ludwig Wicki Conductor

Williams                                 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the Harry Potter franchise. The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform John Williams’s unforgettable score while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

Tickets are on sale now via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000, or the Mann Box Office.

 

Russian Festival Day 1

August 2 at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Dancers from New York City Ballet

Tchaikovsky/arr. Stokowski   Andante cantabile, from String Quartet No. 1

Tchaikovsky                                      Selections from The Sleeping Beauty

Musorgsky/arr. Stokowski      Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis

Tchaikovsky                          1812 Overture

Typically performed as a send-off to the Orchestra on the Saratoga season finale concert, Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture will be performed on Opening Night, complete with fireworks and live cannon fire. Also on the program are excerpts from the composer’s The Sleeping Beauty, featuring dancers from New York City Ballet performing Peter Martins’s thrilling choreography. The concert will also include arrangements of the Andante cantabile from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 for string orchestra and a Symphonic Synthesis from Musorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov by the Orchestra’s illustrious former Music Director Leopold Stokowski.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

Russian Festival Day 2

August 3 at 8:00 PM – Thursday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Conrad Tao Piano

Glinka                                   Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

Rachmaninoff                         Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich                         Symphony No. 5

Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Conrad Tao has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times. Tao’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Stéphane Denève marks his Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut. This multi-talented artist also served as the Dallas Symphony’s artist-in-residence in 2013-14 and has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI.  

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

Cirque de la Symphonie

August 4 at 8:00 PM – Friday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Cirque de la Symphonie

The grand finale of the Russian Festival will be a spectacular bravura of physical exertion—a Russian-themed Cirque de la Symphonie performance. Russian musical history, ranging from the grandiose emotional expression of the “Big Five” Russian romantics in St. Petersburg to the 20th-century masters Stravinsky and Shostakovich, will be embodied in the choreography of exceptional aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen from around the world.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

August 5 at 8:00 PM – Saturday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Stéphane Denève Conductor

Williams        E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (complete with film)

Steven Spielberg's cinematic masterpiece E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be shown on four HD screens and accompanied by a live performance of John Williams's Academy Award-winning score. One of the brightest stars in motion picture history, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy.  

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

American Classics Day 1

August 9 at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Marin Alsop Conductor

Yo-Yo Ma Cello

Adams                       Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Barber                       Symphony No. 1

Dvořák                      Cello Concerto

An annual Saratoga favorite, Yo-Yo Ma is a champion of musical innovation and cross-cultural exchange, which he has pursued through such initiatives as the Silk Road Project and countless international collaborations. He’ll perform one of the most popular works for cello in the repertoire, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

Music director of the Baltimore Symphony, Marin Alsop is heralded for her innovative approach to programming and commitment to audience development. She is the only conductor to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and was the only classical musician to be included in the Guardian’s “Top 100 Women,” celebrating the centenary of International Women’s Day in 2011.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

American Classics Day 2

August 10 at 8:00 PM – Thursday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Marin Alsop Conductor

The Marcus Roberts Trio:

Marcus Roberts Piano

Rodney Jordan Bass

Jason Marsalis Drums

Gershwin                   Rhapsody in Blue

Gershwin                   American in Paris

Gershwin                   Cuban Overture

Gershwin                   Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture

George Gershwin is one of America’s most cherished composers, and Alsop, along with the virtuosic jazz innovators of the Marcus Roberts Trio, has chosen to devote an entire evening to his works.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

American Classics Day 3

August 11 at 8:00 PM – Friday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Bramwell Tovey Conductor

Christopher Deviney Vibraphone

She-e Wu Marimba

Ives                          Variations on “America”

Metheny & Mays/       Imaginary Day, Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra

arr. Deviney

Dvořák                      Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

Imaginary Day is comprised of several Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays compositions arranged and orchestrated by Principal Percussion Christopher Deviney. The piece features Deviney on vibraphone and She-e Wu on marimba. Deviney calls 20-time GrammyAward-winner Pat Metheny and his composing partner Lyle Mays the “most important duo to come along since George and Ira Gershwin.”

The program will be led by one of Saratoga audiences’ favorite conductors, Bramwell Tovey, who brings his impresario’s touch to a celebratory program that integrates the duo concerto with two American standards. First is Charles Ives’s Variations on “America,” and closing the program is Dvořák’s lofty final symphony, “From the New World,” a rich celebration of Americana, with Dvořák’s rich melodies inspired by American Indian music, African-American spirituals, and more.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark

August 12 at 8:00 PM – Saturday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

David Newman Conductor

Williams                    Raiders of the Lost Ark (complete with film)

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, will make its SPAC debut as John Williams's epic score is performed live. Set in 1936, a professor of archeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities,” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Armed with his hat, whip, and wits, Jones must face formidable enemies—and impossible odds—to save the day and the world.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

Sophisticated Ladies

August 16 at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Steven Reineke Conductor

Montego Glover Vocalist

Capathia Jenkins Vocalist—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

N’Kenge Vocalist—Philadelphia Orchestra Debut

Strayhorn                  Take the "A" Train

Gershwin                   "Strike Up the Band," from Strike Up the Band

Gershwin                   "Clap Yo' Hands," from Oh, Kay!

Calloway                   "Zah, Zuh, Zaz"

Arlen                         "Stormy Weather"

Coots                        "You Go to My Head"

McHugh                    "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby"

Rodgers                    "The Lady Is a Tramp," from Babes in Arms

Gershwin                   "Our Love Is Here to Stay"

Gershwin                   "They Can't Take That Away from Me"

Arlen                         "Come Rain or Come Shine," from St. Louis Woman

Basie                         One O'Clock Jump

Gershwin                   "Fascinating Rhythm," from Lady Be Good

Mercer                      "Something's Gotta Give," from Daddy Long Legs

Coleman                    "The Best Is Yet to Come"

Weill                          "Mack the Knife," from The Threepenny Opera

Arlen                         "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," from The Sky's the Limit

Holiday & Herzog       "God Bless the Child"

Gershwin                   "Summertime," from Porgy and Bess

Arlen                         "Blues in the Night," from Blues in the Night

Sophisticated Ladies is a celebration of the groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington and of course, Billie Holiday. Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. His work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. Three of Broadway’s most gifted performers join him: Montego Glover (Les Misérables), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), and N’Kenge (Sondheim on Sondheim and Motown).  

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

French Festival Day 1

August 17 at 8:00 PM – Thursday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Stéphane Tétreault Cello

Berlioz                                   Le Corsair Overture

Saint-Saëns                           Cello Concerto No. 1

Berlioz                                   Symphonie fantastique

Yannick Nézet-Séguin frames the evening with works of Berlioz, surrounding the virtuosic Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. Tétrault made his Philadephia Orchestra debut earlier this season with the same work. He performs on the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein” Stradivarius, once owned by famed violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, on generous loan by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais. 

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

French Festival Day 2

August 18 at 8:00 PM – Friday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Louis Lortie Piano

Chopin                                   Piano Concerto No. 1

Stavinsky                              Petrushka

Frédéric Chopin wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 before he left Poland in 1830 when political upheaval drove him to Paris. He remained there for the rest of his life, dazzling audiences and critics throughout the world with his extraordinary performing and composing skills. The Concerto is thus a fascinating look at a genius in transition. Chopin-specialist Louis Lortie will bring to life the riches of this piano masterwork.

Russian-born Igor Stravinsky enjoyed remarkable success in turn-of-the-century Paris, but kept strong ties to his roots. His music for the ballet Petrushka, based on Russia's version of Punch and Judy, premiered in Paris in 1911, with the immortal Nijinsky in the title role.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

A Night at the Opera

August 19 at 8:00 PM – Saturday evening — Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Susanna Phillips Soprano

Isabelle Leonard Mezzo-soprano

Matthew Polenzani Tenor

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead singers from the Metropolitan Opera in an evening of glorious arias and sublime ensembles from the opera repertoire.

Tickets are available from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 518.584.9330 (handling fees apply), or at www.spac.org/tickets.

 

CONTACT:

Patricia O’Kelly

phone: 202.999.9806

e-mail: pokelly@philorch.org

Liz Baker

phone: 215.450.6382

e-mail: lbaker@philorch.org

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