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Saratoga 2015 - Week Three

August 27, 2015

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.

Following rehearsal on August 19, a group of musicians performed a PopUp concert at Druthers Brewing Company located in downtown Saratoga Springs. Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Jason DePue (who also doubled as the mandolin player), Principal Bass Harold Robinson, Principal Timpani Don Liuzzi, and Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen were joined by Wallace DePue (Jason’s violin-playing brother), guitarist Jordan Tice, and banjo player Don Shean for the performance. 

Concertmaster David Kim performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on August 19; also on that program were Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan. 

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the evening of August 19 at SPAC. Photo by Jan Regan. 

Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales, cellist Ohad Bar-David, and percussionist Angela Zator-Nelson perform as part of a chamber ensemble on Thursday, August 20 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. 

Yannick performs side-by-side with pianist Wu Han, playing Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for piano four hands, August 20 at SPAC. 

On Friday, August 21, Yannick spoke with SPAC Board members and President Marcia White at a luncheon hosted by Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore.

Cellist Richard Harlow speaks to a captive audience prior to the concert on Friday, August 21. As part of Family Night at SPAC, the center offers free ice cream, balloon animals, and family games, and more. 

After performing Bruch's Violin Concerto, soloist Joshua Bell takes a few moments backstage to watch Yannick Nézet-Séguin conduct Brahms's Third Symphony, Friday, August 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. 

Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall greets fans clamoring around the loading dock during intermission the evening of August 21 at SPAC.

Yannick sits with Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby and Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales following rehearsal the morning of Saturday, August 22 at SPAC. 

What would Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture be without real cannon fire? A lot quieter! Re-enactors demonstrated what real cannons sound like during the piece on August 22.

Beatrice Rana made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in Saratoga, performing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto during the final concert of the Orchestra's residency. Also on the program: Glazunov’s “Autumn” from The Seasons, Nico Muhly’s Mixed Messages, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and Stokowski’s arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp minor.