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August 19, 2017

From Shanghai to Saratoga: Shanghai Philharmonic Joins Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC

As part of our commitment to cultural diplomacy, a group of eight musicians from the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) joined The Philadelphia Orchestra during the third week of our annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

The week focused on peer-to-peer learning, including one-on-one coaching with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, side-by-side rehearsals, and a chamber performance at the Northshire Bookstore.

 

August 16, 2017

A Cello-bration: Cellists perform with Yo-Yo Ma during PlayIN at SPAC

"Music is the connective tissue. It expands our imagination. It’s a magical thing. And these PlayINs are exactly what’s needed.”Yo-Yo Ma during the cello PlayIN at SPAC on August 9

Last week more than 90 cellists of all ages joined the legendary Yo-Yo Ma on stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center for one of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s signature PlayINs. Check out what some of the participants had to say about the experience.

August 24, 2016

A SPACtacular Finale with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th anniversary celebration culminated with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s third residency week under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Special guest artists included pianist Lukáš Vondráček making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut (August 17); legendary soprano Renée Fleming making her SPAC debut (August 18); and cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han—the co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center—alongside violinist Benjamin Beilman (August 20).

August 17, 2016

Back at SPAC--Week Two

The Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off the second week of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency with a program celebrating the history of the Saratoga Race Track and the majestic horse, on August 10.

August 08, 2016

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center Turns 50!

In 1961 discussions were begun for a summer venue for the New York Philharmonic at Saratoga Spa State Park. Local civic, cultural, and legislative leaders were galvanized into action. Within a week they held their first meeting; within a month they had won the support of State Conservation Commissioner, and begun discussions with both the Philharmonic and New York City Ballet. The group funded start-up costs out of their own pockets. Then came the more formidable challenge of demonstrating community-wide support to foundations and philanthropists whose backing would be critical.

August 27, 2015

Saratoga 2015 - Week Three

The final full week of the Orchestra’s residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center began on Wednesday, August 19. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin returned to Saratoga to lead all four concerts, joined by Concertmaster David Kim, pianist Beatrice Rana, and violinist Joshua Bell. Here, violinist Paul Arnold warms up onstage before an open rehearsal the morning of Wednesday, August 19.

August 17, 2015

Saratoga 2015 - Week Two

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." 

August 11, 2015

Saratoga 2015 - Week One

The Philadelphia Orchestra has performed each August at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) since the Center's founding in 1966. This year marks the Philadelphians’ 49th consecutive residency at Saratoga.

August 13, 2013

Saratoga--Bernstein, NYCB, Yo-Yo Ma, and Young Friends

The Orchestra finished week one at Saratoga with good friends and collaborators. Jamie Bernstein and dancers from the New York City Ballet were featured on Friday, and on Saturday, Yo-Yo Ma joined the Orchestra for Elgar's soul-bearing Cello Concerto. Throughout our stay in Saratoga, we've seen many children and young people. Truly these will be the next wave of ardent Philadelphia Orchestra supporters!

 

 

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