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Saratoga Performing Arts Center Announces
2017 Classical Season

The Summer Home for the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet & Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents a diverse line-up from July 5th through August 19 for SPAC's 51st Season

New York City Ballet 2-week residency to feature 18 ballets by six choreographers, including three SPAC premieres

Resident Companies 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

Powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance troupe Che Malambo make their SPAC debut

New “$15 under 15” and “$29 under 29” tickets
Diverse artistry thrives at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the cultural hub of upstate New York, the Hudson Valley, Vermont, the Berkshires, Connecticut, and nearby Canada.
SARATOGA/NEW YORK, NY – February 9, 2017 – 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.

“The depth and breadth of classical offerings at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are breathtaking,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “Nowhere else in this country can you enjoy world-class classical performances nestled in a best-in-class venue right in the heart of woodlands, streams, geysers, mineral springs, reflecting pools and architectural treasures – all situated in one of the most culturally vibrant cities on the East Coast.”

New York City Ballet (NYCB) returns to Saratoga Performing Arts Center with 18 ballets by six 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
Fearful Symmetries, by Ballet Master in Chief PETER MARTINS, is an ever-changing cascade of dancers costumed in vibrant tones of red dancing to a fast-paced score by celebrated American composer John Adams.

NYCB Resident Choreographer JUSTIN PECK brings one of his most recent works to Saratoga, The Times Are Racing, set to an electronic score by Dan Deacon. In this ballet, which premiered on January 26, 2017, the dancers trade in their pointe shoes for sneakers and don street-style costumes designed by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony. 

At 29 years old, JUSTIN PECK is a Soloist and the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He has worked with a range of artistic collaborators including composers Dan Deacon, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Sufjan Stevens; visual artists Marcel Dzama, Karl Jensen, Shepard Fairey, and Jules de Balincourt; and fashion designers Dries Van Noten, Huberto Leon, Mary Katrantzou, and Prabal Gurung. He has created more than 25 works for a range of institutions including New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, the School of American Ballet, the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival, and New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival. A native of San Diego, California and a dancer with New York City Ballet since 2007, Peck participated in the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of NYCB, in 2009 and in 2011, NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins designated Peck to receive NYCI’s first year-long choreographic residency. Peck was named NYCB’s Resident Choreographer, the second in the Company’s history, in July 2014.
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S classic Stars and Stripes is set to a score of John Philip Sousa's buoyant marches and features delightful all-American costumes by Karinska. The work has been performed for many memorable occasions including Nelson Rockefeller’s inauguration as governor of New York, tributes for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and the opening ceremonies for the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) at Lincoln Center. The ballet is dedicated to the memory of Fiorello H. LaGuardia, mayor of New York City from 1934 to 1945 and founder of the City Center of Music and Drama.

JULY 6 @ 8PM – All Balanchine
Tschaikovsky/Balanchine                              Allegro Brillante
Gottschalk, arr. Kay/Balanchine                     Tarantella
Tschaikovsky/Balanchine                              Swan Lake
Stravinsky/Balanchine                                   Stravinsky Violin Concerto
One of George Balanchine’s most joyous, pure dance pieces, Allegro Brillante is set to Tschaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3.  Balanchine described this ballet as a concentrated essay in the extended classical vocabulary, in which a maximum amount of choreographic development is contained within a rather restricted area of time and space.

Balanchine’s Tarantella, set to a sprightly score composed by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, showcases two virtuosic dancers in a racing and energetic pas de deux.

Distilling the classic story ballet into a drama-packed one-act work, Balanchine’s Swan Lake is set to Tschaikovsky’s iconic score and features scenery and costume designs by Alain Vaes, who created an icy landscape instead of the traditional Gothic lakeside, and dressed the corps of swans in black.

Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto premiered on the opening night of the Company’s 1972 Stravinsky Festival.  A classic Balanchine “Black and White” ballet, the work features the dancers dressed simply in leotards and tights.

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
In 2002, celebrated choreographer CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON created a portrayal of the romance central to Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 1945 musical Carousel.  Evoking the “dream ballets” found in many musicals of that era, the work is set to arrangements of “The Carousel Waltz” and “If I Loved You.”

Created in honor of the 100th anniversary of Rodgers’ birth, Peter Martins’ Thou Swell was first performed as part of an All Rodgers gala performance that also included Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance). Set in an art deco ballroom, the work features four elegant couples dressed in costumes designed by Peter Copping for Oscar de le Renta. 

Originally created for the 1936 Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes, Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue had its New York City Ballet premiere in 1968.  The first full-scale ballet within a musical, and the first to advance the action of the show, it also introduced the word "choreography" to Broadway, at Balanchine's request.

JULY 11 @ 8PM – All Robbins/Chopin
Chopin/Robbins                               Dances at a Gathering
Chopin/Robbins                               The Concert
A quintessential piano ballet, Dances at a Gathering premiered in 1969, heralding Jerome Robbins’ return to New York City Ballet after a 13-year absence. Set to 18 of Chopin’s piano pieces, the work is an hour in length with a cast of ten dancers.  Chopin’s mazurkas, waltzes, and études, groundbreaking at the time of their composition, are rooted in the Slavic character of his Polish homeland, yet still convey the elegance of Paris, where they were created.

In stark juxtaposition, Robbins’ other Chopin scored ballet, The Concert, is a light-hearted comedic piece featuring a cast of quirky characters at a piano recital.

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
Stravinsky composed Jeu de Cartes (Card Game: A Ballet in Three Deals) for the first Stravinsky Festival mounted by Balanchine at the Metropolitan Opera in 1937. The original version featured dancers representing the four suits in a deck of cards, with the joker as the central character. Years later, Balanchine suggested that Peter Martins choreograph an abstract version of the ballet to the same score. For the 1992 Diamond Project, Martins re-envisioned the ballet and in 2002 commissioned American illustrator Ian Falconer, of the acclaimed children’s book series “Olivia,” to create a fanciful new set and costumes.

Building on numerous years of partnership, indie singer-songwriter SUFJAN STEVENS will craft a new score for JUSTIN PECK’S Spring 2017 work, which will have its world premiere on May 12, 2017.  This will be Peck and Stevens third NYCB collaboration following Year of the Rabbit (2012) and Everywhere We Go (2014). 
ALEXEI RATMANSKY’s fifth work for NYCB will premiere at the Company’s Spring Gala in New York on May 4, 2017.  Ratmansky’s previous four works for NYCB are Russian Seasons (2006); Concerto DSCH (2008); Namouna, A Grand Divertissement (2010); and Pictures at an Exhibition (2014).  A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Ratmansky is one of the ballet world’s most acclaimed choreographers.  He is currently Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre, and was previously the Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet.  In addition to his work with ABT, where he has created 12 ballets since 2009, Ratmansky has also created works for numerous companies including the Bolshoi Ballet, Maryinsky Ballet, London’s Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.  Ratmansky received his ballet training at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet School, and during his career as a dancer was a member of the Ukrainian National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet.
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                                
Set at a masked ball, the one-act La Sonnambula tells the story of a Coquette, a Poet, and a beautiful Sleepwalker. The story remains mysterious, inviting different interpretations of the characters' actions and relationships.

Prodigal Son was the last of Balanchine's works for Ballets Russes; it premiered in 1929, opening what was to be the company's final Paris season. Diaghilev commissioned Sergei Prokofiev to write the score and Georges Rouault to design the Fauvist sets and costumes. One of Balanchine's first ballets to achieve an international reputation, his abstract choreography makes it as modern, exciting, and powerful today as it was in 1929.

Like Prodigal Son, Firebird also has its roots in the Ballets Russes, where it was met with tremendous success in 1910, choreographed by Michel Fokine.  In 1949, Balanchine restaged the ballet set to Stravinsky’s orchestral suite, in lieu of the complete three-act score. An enchanting Russian fairytale, Firebird features exquisite scenery and costumes designed by Chagall. 

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

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.

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
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
The first week of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s August residency will flip tradition on its head. Typically performed as a send-off to the Orchestra on the season finale concert, Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture will be performed on Opening Night, complete with fireworks and live cannon fire, as the kick-off to the 2017 Russian Festival.

Widely regarded as Russia’s greatest composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s works live on today as some of the most popular classical orchestral music ever written.  Two of his most famous works can be heard on Opening Night: excerpts from his three-act story ballet The Sleeping Beauty, featuring dancers from New York City Ballet performing Peter Martins’ thrilling choreography, and the 1812 Overture. The concert will begin and end with 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.

The evening will be led by Principal Guest Conductor STÉPHANE DENÈVE, who has conducted more programs than any other guest conductor during the period since making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2007, in repertoire that has spanned more than 100 works, ranging from Classical through the contemporary, including presentations with dance, theater, film, and cirque performers. Mr. Denève is also chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and director of its Centre for Future Orchestra Repertoire. He recently received his third Diapason d’Or of the Year award with the Brussels Philharmonic for the Deutsche Grammophon release Pour sortir au jour, was shortlisted in 2012 for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award, and won the prize for symphonic music at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards.

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
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. This multi-talented artist also served as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’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.
August 4 @ 8PM – 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.
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
An icon of classical music and arguably the world’s greatest living cellist, YO-YO MA will grace the SPAC stage with his unmatched artistry on August 9th. An annual Saratoga favorite, Mr. 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.
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is among the most popular works for cello in the repertoire.  Although Dvořák was a Czech-born composer, he was heavily influenced by the sights and sounds of America – particularly New York City – where he lived and worked from 1892 to 1895.
Revered American composer John Adams wrote his minimalist “fanfare for orchestra,” Short Ride in a Fast Machine, in 1986. One of America’s most celebrated composers, Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1, which combines the four movements of a traditional symphony into one, was first performed to great acclaim in 1936.
Returning to Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the first time since 2011, lauded maestro MARIN ALSOP has served as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. 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. In September 2013, Marin Alsop made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London, which she returned to conduct in 2015.
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
Maestro Marin Alsop next conducts an evening dedicated to the music of cherished American composer George Gershwin. Celebrated alongside his brother and collaborator, Ira, as one of the finest contributors to the American songbook, Gershwin created melodies that transcend changing times. Together the brothers composed over two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood in addition to many individual hit songs. However, many feel their greatest achievement may have been the elevation of musical comedy to an American art form.  Independently, George attained great success in the concert arena as a piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer of such celebrated works as Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris.

THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance.  While most jazz trios have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. Michael West of JazzTimes has lauded Marcus Roberts, writing, “His combination of talent, ambition, discipline, stylistic openness and resourcefulness suggest that he is a remarkable musician—perhaps even a Phenomenon…”

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”)
Duo Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba 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 Grammy® Award-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 clever program that integrates the duo concerto with two American standards.  The first, Bernstein’s jazz-infused Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, is a jazz-hall-style work for clarinet and orchestra premiered by Benny Goodman. Second, is Dvořák’s lofty final symphony, Symphony No. 9, a rich celebration of Americana, drawing inspiration from American Indian music, African-American spirituals, and the sprawling plains of Middle America.  Also on the program is Charles Ives’ Variations on “America,” which was written for organ in 1892, but which was arranged for orchestra and performed by the New York Philharmonic in 1964.
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
Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Grammy® Award-nominee YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN returns to Saratoga to lead the final week of programs; the French Festival. A native of Montreal, Nézet-Séguin was named Musical America’s 2016 “Artist of the Year.” In 2016 he renewed his contract with the Orchestra, committing to lead the ensemble at least through the 2025-26 season, an extraordinary and significant long-term commitment. The New York Times has called him "phenomenal," adding that under his baton, "the ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogenous richness, has never sounded better. Additionally, he will assume a new role as Music Director Designate of The Metropolitan Opera during the 2017-18 season and in 2020, will become the third music director in the storied company’s history. 

Also a native of Montreal, 23-year old STÉPHANE TÉTREAULT will make his first SPAC appearance less than a year after his Philadelphia Orchestra debut performing Saint-Saëns virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1.  He was selected as laureate of the 2015-2016 Classe d'Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon from the Fondation Louis Vuitton and was first prize winner at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition. His debut CD, recorded with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, was nominated as the "Best Classical Album of the Year" at the 2013 ADISQ Gala. Tétreault plays the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein” Stradivarius, once owned by famed violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, on generous loan by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais. 

AUGUST 18 @ 8PM – French Festival Day 2
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
Chopin                                               Piano Concert No. 1
Stravinsky                                         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. Lortie is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes. The London Times has praised his "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have.”
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.
AUGUST 19 @ 8PM – A Night at the Opera
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor           
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.
“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)
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.  
August 12 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
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.
August 16 – Sophisticated Ladies
Steven Reineke, conductor
Montego Glover, vocalist
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
N’Kenge, vocalist
STEVEN REINEKE’S boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is the Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label.

MONTEGO GLOVER, who recently starred in Broadway’s Les Miserables, has created the role of Felicia Farrell in the Broadway hit musical Memphis and received a Tony Award nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical, a Drama League nomination, and won both the Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance.

CAPATHIA JENKINS'S Broadway credits include Newsies; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; The Look of Love; and The Civil War.

N'KENGE made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim and most recently originated the role of Mary Wells in Broadway's smash hit Motown: The Musical. She has sung at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, and starred in a tribute to Ray Charles at the Theatre Royal in London's West End. 
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 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 todays 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
Juho Pohjonen, Piano; Jakob Koranyi, Cello; Danish String Quartet: Frederik Øland, Violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Violin; Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, Cello
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
Juho Pohjonen, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Jakob Koranyi, Cello; Danish String Quartet: Frederik Øland, Violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Violin; Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, Cello; Tbd, Violin
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
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Paul Huang, Violin; Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Richard O'neill, Viola; Nicholas Canellakis, Cello; David Finckel, Cello; Joseph Conyers, Double Bass; Tbd, Clarinet; Tbd, Bassoon; Tbd, Horn
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)
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Paul Huang, Violin; Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Richard O'neill, Viola; Nicholas Canellakis, Cello; David Finckel, Cello
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
Elizabeth Hainen, Harp; Orion Weiss, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Kristin Lee, Violin; Sean Lee, Violin; Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Matthew Lipman, Viola; Dmitri Atapine, Cello; David Finckel, Cello; Joseph Conyers, Double Bass
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
Orion Weiss, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Kristin Lee, Violin; Sean Lee, Violin; Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Matthew Lipman, Viola; Dmitri Atapine, Cello; David Finckel, Cello

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About Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Since its opening 50 years ago, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has been recognized as a vital cultural hub of upstate New York, the Hudson Valley, Vermont, the Berkshires, Connecticut and nearby Canada.  Chosen by readers of USA Today in 2015 as the nation’s #1 “Best Outdoor Music Venue,” SPAC’s gorgeous amphitheater and lawn in the heart of Spa State Park make it a favorite destination for artists ranging from the New York City Ballet to Dave Matthews, from the Philadelphia Orchestra to Phish and from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to the Northeast’s hottest jazz festival.  For more information on SPAC and all upcoming events, please visit
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