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Saratoga--Elton John and The Night of the Drum

August 16, 2013

Our second week in Saratoga has shown the amazing versatility of our musicians and the variety of the Orchestra’s performances. Over just two days, Orchestra musicians put on a pop-up performance at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, played with Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh in a tribute concert to Elton John, and performed both classics and modern compositions on Thursday’s concert “The Night of the Drum.”

 

 

8/14/13, Saratoga Springs: Michael Cavanaugh, who starred in the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out,” rehearses with the Orchestra.

 

 

8/14/13, Saratoga Springs: New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke did a masterful job combining the forces of Cavanaugh’s band with the Fabulous Philadelphians.

 

 

8/14/13, Saratoga Springs: Members of the Orchestra at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga for a pop-up performance. These mini-performances aim to foster greater awareness and appreciation of classical music and support the mission of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Pictured from left to right are violinist Phil Kates, Assistant Principal Second Violin Dara Morales, Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni, and violist Rachel Ku.

 

 

8/14/13, Saratoga Springs: The view from the percussion section of the beautiful Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The program for the night’s concert included songs by Elton John, Chicago, Styx, the Eagles, Queen, Paul McCartney, and the Who.

 

 

8/14/13, Saratoga Springs: Michael Cavanaugh isn’t just a wonderful singer and pianist, he can play guitar too!

 

 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: Conductor Bramwell Tovey and percussionist Colin Currie get together before rehearsal to discuss Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, which was co-commissioned and debuted by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005.

 

 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: Colin Currie, who performed with the Orchestra in March, practices Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto.

 

 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen welcomes the audience to the performance.


 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: Bramwell Tovey and the Orchestra perform Tovey’s own composition, “Urban Runway.” Tovey also led Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 following intermission.

 

 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: It wasn’t just the Orchestra that was versatile this week! Here is Colin Currie playing just one of the many instruments Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto calls for.

 

 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: Bramwell Tovey, Colin Currie, and Jennifer Higdon acknowledge the standing ovation they received after an amazing performance.

 

 

8/15/13, Saratoga Springs: At intermission, Jennifer Higdon and Colin Currie greet SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White.