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Saratoga Performing Arts Center Announces 2017 Classical Season

NEW YORK CITY BALLET • THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA • THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

New York City Ballet 2-week residency to feature 18 ballets by 6 choreographers, Including 3 SPAC premieres
Resident Companies to offer classical music festivals celebrating Russian, American and French repertoire; Yo-Yo Ma returns
Yannick Nézet-Séguin to lead A Night at the Opera featuring singers from The Metropolitan Opera
“Philadelphia for Families” series to include two film nights and Sophisticated Ladies
SPAC debut of Argentinian dance troupe Che Malambo
New “$15 under 15” and “$29 under 29” tickets

 
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will welcome home resident companies New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a dynamic 2017 line-up that integrates great works of the classical repertoire with artist debuts and SPAC premieres. The Argentinian dance company Che Malambo, known for percussive footwork and stomping, drumming, and singing, will make their SPAC debut on July 20th.

New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s two-week residency (July 5 – 15) features story ballets, including timeless classics Swan Lake, Firebird, and Prodigal Son, juxtaposed with three SPAC premieres by renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and the company’s celebrated Resident Choreographer, Justin Peck.  Two of the three new works will premiere during New York City Ballet’s Spring season. Peck’s most recent work The Times Are Racing, in which the company trades in pointe shoes for sneakers, premiered at the David H. Koch Theater this month to great acclaim.

For the first time, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-week residency (August 2 – 19) will be presented as a series of three cultural festivals, Russian, American, and French, and a distinct “Philadelphia for Families” Series, which includes Cirque de la Symphonie, Sophisticated Ladies, and two film nights, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) returns with a roster of internationally celebrated artists and irresistible programs featuring masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.  Two CMS at SPAC concerts are paired with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Russian and French cultural festivals to offer audiences a more holistic classical music experience.  On August 15th, during “Tchaikovsky’s Idol,” audiences will experience the small ensemble music of the great Russian master. And on August 20th, a “French Virtuosity” program will transform the Spa Little Theater into Impressionist France, through the music of Debussy and Ravel, among others.

  

NEW YORK CITY BALLET: JULY 5 – 15

New York City Ballet (NYCB) returns to Saratoga Performing Arts Center with 18 ballets by 6 choreographers, including three Saratoga premieres – one by Alexei Ratmansky and two by NYCB’s Resident Choreographer Justin Peck.

Story ballets will highlight the two-week residency, with the return of Swan Lake, Firebird, La Sonnambula, and Prodigal Son.  Broadway will meet ballet in Slaughter on 10th Avenue and Carousel.

The annual New York City Ballet Gala, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, will feature three ballets set to the beloved music of iconic American composer Richard Rodgers. The spectacular summertime social event, themed “The Rhythm of Romance,” will honor the former presidents of SPAC’s dedicated fundraising arm, the Action Council, including: founders Philly Dake Jane Wait; Vivienne Anderson; Betty Crummey; Iola Goldberg; Doris Fischer Malesardi; Betsy Hamilton; Peggy Evans; Barbara Hoehn; Judy Aronstamm; Linda Toohey; Maureen Lewis; Heather Mabee; Janet Metzger; Nancy DiCresce; Dorothy George Wedeen; Robin Kappler; Andrea Golub; Deborah Barthold; L.Jeanne VanPatten; Gerry Golub; Traci Jersen; and Candace Zlotnick.
 

JULY 5 @ 8PM – All American
Adams/Martins  -  Fearful Symmetries
Deacon/Peck  -  The Times Are Racing (SPAC Premiere)
Sousa/Balanchine  -  Stars and Stripes


JULY 6 @ 8PM – All Balanchine
Tschaikovsky/Balanchine  -  Allegro Brillante
Gottschalk, arr. Kay/Balanchine  -  Tarantella
Tschaikovsky/Balanchine  -  Swan Lake
Stravinsky/Balanchine  -  Stravinsky Violin Concerto

 
JULY 7 @ 8PM – All American
Adams/Martins  -  Fearful Symmetries
Deacon/Peck  -  The Times Are Racing
Sousa/Balanchine  -  Stars and Stripes


JULY 8 @ 2PM – All Balanchine
Tschaikovsky/Balanchine  -  Allegro Brillante
Gottschalk, arr. Kay/Balanchine  -  Tarantella
Tschaikovsky/Balanchine  -  Swan Lake
Stravinsky/Balanchine  -  Stravinsky Violin Concerto


JULY 8 @ 8PM – GALA: All Richard Rodgers
Rodgers, arr. Brohn/Wheeldon  -  Carousel (A Dance)
Rodgers, arr. Kelly, orch. Sebesky/Martins  -  Thou Swell
Rodgers, orch. Kay/Balanchine  -  Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
 

JULY 11 @ 8PM – All Robbins/Chopin
Chopin/Robbins  -  Dances at a Gathering
Chopin/Robbins  -  The Concert
 

JULY 12 @ 8PM – 21ST Century Choreographers
Stravinsky/Martins  -  Jeu de Cartes
Peck  -  SPAC Premiere
Ratmansky  -  SPAC Premiere
 

JULY 13 @ 2PM – 21st Century Choreographers
Stravinsky/Martins  -  Jeu de Cartes
Stevens/Peck  -  SPAC Premiere
Ratmansky  -  SPAC Premiere
 

JULY 13 @ 8PM – All Robbins/Chopin
Chopin/Robbins  -  Dances at a Gathering
Chopin/Robbins  -  The Concert
 

JULY 14 @ 8PM – Balanchine Short Stories
Rieti/Balanchine  -  La Sonnambula
Prokofiev/Balanchine  -  Prodigal Son
Stravinsky/Balanchine & Robbins  -  Firebird                             
 

JULY 15 @ 2PM – All Richard Rodgers
Rodgers, arr. Brohn/Wheeldon  -  Carousel (A Dance)
Rodgers, arr. Kelly, orch. Sebesky/Martins  -  Thou Swell
Rodgers, orch. Kay/Balanchine  -  Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
 

JULY 15 @ 8PM – Balanchine Short Stories
Rieti/Balanchine  -  La Sonnambula
Prokofiev/Balanchine  -  Prodigal Son
Stravinsky/Balanchine & Robbins  -  Firebird

 

CHE MALAMBO: JULY 20

On July 20, the powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company CHE MALAMBO will make their SPAC debut, performing the traditional South American Malambo, dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song. Malambo began in the gaucho heritage in the 17th century as competitive duels to test agility, strength and dexterity.  The hallmark style, zapeteo, is fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Created by French choreographer Gilles Brinas, this production was first premiered in Paris in 2007 and has gone on to tour the globe. They will perform at just two American venues this summer; SPAC and the Baltimore Festival of the Arts.

Prior to the debut of Che Malambo, SPAC will present the second annual performance of THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT: YOUTH IN MOTION.  The Performance Project is presented in collaboration with the Capital District and the Saratoga Regional YMCAs, and the New York City-based National Dance Institute (NDI), led by former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Jacques d’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time.  The two-week program will give local children, aged 9 – 12, the opportunity to participate in NDI’s award-winning, immersive dance program. The children will participate in daily 2.5-hour, high-energy, self-expressive dance classes, culminating in the July 20th performance on the SPAC stage.

 

THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA: AUGUST 2 – 19

Yo-Yo Ma Returns
Conductors: Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève; Marin Alsop; Steven Reineke; Bramwell Tovey
SPAC Premiere of Duo Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba based on the music of Pat Metheny
Yannick Nézet-Séguin to lead A Night at the Opera featuring singers from The Metropolitan Opera

August is classical music month in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Philadelphia Orchestra will present three week-long mini-festivals thematically structured to reflect Russian, American, and French musical traditions. Select programs by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will contribute intimate performances for small ensembles to the Russian and American weeks of programming.

A spectacular Night at the Opera event, led by YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN, who holds dual roles as Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and incoming Music Director Designate of The Metropolitan Opera, will dazzle audiences with glorious arias and sublime ensembles performed by guest artists from the Met.

A new “Philadelphia for Families” series will wow audiences of all ages as the Orchestra accompanies popular family films, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In addition, SPAC presents Sophisticated Ladies, a celebration of the groundbreaking icons of American popular song, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, led by STEVEN REINEKE. (Originally scheduled for the 2016 season, Sophisticated Ladies was rescheduled for 2017 due to unsafe inclement weather in the Spa State Park).

 
RUSSIAN FESTIVAL: AUGUST 2 – 4

August 2 @ 8PM: Russian Festival Day 1
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. & orch. Stokowski  -  Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis
Tchaikovsky  -  1812 Overture


August 3 @ 8PM – Russian Festival Day 2
Stéphane Denève, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
Glinka  -  Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
Rachmaninoff  -  Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich  -  Symphony No. 5


August 4 @ 8PM – Cirque de la Symphonie

 
AMERICAN FESTIVAL: AUGUST 9 – 11

August 9 @ 8PM – American Festival Day 1
Marin Alsop, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Adams  -  Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Barber  -  Symphony No 1
Dvořák  -  Cello Concerto


AUGUST 10 @ 8PM – American Festival Day 2
Marin Alsop, conductor
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


AUGUST 11 @ 8PM – American Festival Day 3
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Christopher Deviney, vibraphone
She-e Wu, marimba
Bernstein  -  Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
Metheny/arr. & orch. Deviney  -  Duo Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba
Ives  -  Variations on "America"
Dvořák  -  Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)



FRENCH FESTIVAL: AUGUST 17 - 18

AUGUST 17 @ 8PM – French Festival Day 1
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Stéphane Tétreault, cello
Berlioz  -  Le Corsair Overture
Saint-Saëns  -  Cello Concerto No. 1
Berlioz  -  Symphonie fantastique
 

AUGUST 18 @ 8PM – French Festival Day 2
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
Chopin  -  Piano Concert No. 1
Stravinsky  -  Petrushka


AUGUST 19 @ 8PM – A Night at the Opera
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor           

 
“Philadelphia for Families” Series:

August 4 @ 8PM – Cirque de la Symphonie

August 5 @ 8PM – E.T. Under the Stars
Stéphane Denève, conductor
Williams  -  E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (complete with film)

August 12 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Williams  -  Raiders of the Lost Ark (complete with film)

August 16 – Sophisticated Ladies
Steven Reineke, conductor
Montego Glover, vocalist
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
N’Kenge, vocalist

 

THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER: AUGUST 6 – 22

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), led by CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTORS DAVID FINKEL AND WU HAN, returns to the Spa Little Theater with a dynamic line-up of six exciting concerts (August 6 – 22).

Up-and-coming young virtuosos who wowed SPAC’s audiences and critics alike during previous CMS at SPAC residencies return, including pianist Juho Pohjonen, violinst Paul Huang, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, cellist Nicholas Canellakis,  and violist Richard O'Neill.  New to the Little Theatre stage this season will be the Danish String Quartet; a former member of the Chamber Music Society’s prestigious CMS Two program for outstanding young artists, the ensemble has quickly risen to become one of the world’s most acclaimed quartets.

Admission to CMS concerts will also include admission to the popular Chamber Chats series; half-hour discussions with the artists which will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance. Also following each Sunday concert will be the widely popular Artist Meet-&-Greet Receptions, an opportunity to meet some of today’s most influential and esteemed chamber musicians at the Gideon Putnam Hotel.

 
AUGUST 6 @ 3PM – Schubert’s Cello Quintet
Beethoven  -  Quartet in G major for Strings, Op. 18, No. 2
Grieg  -  Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 36
Schubert  -  Quintet in C major for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos, D. 956, Op. 163
 

AUGUST 8 @ 8PM – Cultural Odyssey
Dvorák  -  Selected Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four Hands
Sibelius  -  Suite in A major for Violin, Viola, and Cello
Bartók  -  Quartet No. 1 for Strings, BB 52, Op. 7
Brahms  -  Quintet in F minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 34
 

August 13 @ 3PM – In the Spirit of Beethoven
Beethoven  -  Sonata in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, No. 3
Shostakovich  -  Trio No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 8
Rzewski  -  “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” from Four North American Ballads for Piano
Beethoven  -  Septet in E-flat major for Winds and Strings, Op. 20


August 15 @ 8PM – Tchaikovsky’s Idol
Mozart  -  Fantasia in D minor for Piano, K. 397
Mozart  -  Divertimento in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 563
Tchaikovsky  -  Selections from Les saisons for Piano, Op. 37b
Tchaikovsky  -  Trio in A minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 50 (1881-82)


August 20 @ 3PM – French Virtuosity
Debussy  -  Danse sacrée et Danse profane for Harp, Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass
Ravel  -  Sonata for Violin and Piano
Caplet  -  Conte fantastique for Harp, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
Chausson  -  Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21


August 22 @ 8PM – Brilliant Dialogues
Barrière  -  Sonata in G major for Two Cellos
Leclair  -  Sonata for Two Violins in E major, Op. 12, No. 2
Handel/Halvorsen  -  Passacaglia in G minor for Violin and Viola (or Cello)
Mendelssohn  -  Andante and Allegro brillant for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 92
Brahms  -  Scherzo, WoO 2, from “F-A-E” Sonata for Violin and Piano
Schumann  -  Quintet in E-flat major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 44

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