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Saratoga 2015 - Week One

August 11, 2015

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.

The Orchestra helped kick off Saratoga Race Track’s Centennial Day on Wednesday, August 5, with the "Call to the Post," performed by Bugler Sam Grossman and some of our illustrious horn players (L to R: Daniel Williams, Denise Tryon, Principal Jennifer Montone, and Shelley Showers).

Jean-Yves Thibaudet rehearses with The Philadelphia Orchestra the morning of Thursday, August 6. Later that evening, Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève led a program of Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, and Prokofiev. 

(L to R) Principal Trumpet David Bilger, Associate Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Curnow, and trumpeter Anthony Prisk warm up onstage at SPAC just before the concert on Thursday, August 6, begins.

Following rehearsal on Friday, August 7, violinists Paul Arnold and Mei Ching Huang perform a PopUp concert for patrons at Saratoga Tea & Honey, located in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Prior to Friday’s concert, cellist Robert Cafaro participates in SPAC’s Family Night Workshop, introducing our youngest audience members to the cello. Photo: Pete Checchia

The incomparable Yo-Yo Ma brought his artistry to SPAC on Friday, August 7, performing Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major. Also on the program were Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales and Bolero, and Strauss’s Don Juan. Photo: Pete Checchia

(L to R) Bass player Robert Kesselman and Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi watch from the audience as Yo-Yo Ma performs an encore of the Bourrée from Bach's Third Cello Suite.

 

 

The morning of Saturday, August 8, Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru leads the Orchestra in a rehearsal of Pixar in Concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The Orchestra rehearses the music from Disney/Pixar's Up, part of the Pixar in Concert program performed at SPAC the evening of Saturday, August 8.