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Saratoga--Going Out with a Bang

August 26, 2013

The Orchestra ended its Saratoga residency with its annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular concert complete with live cannons and fireworks that accompanied the "1812 Overture."  The residency left our New York fans with fond memories, and made us even more excited for the start of our 2013-14 season! In the final week, Béla Fleck jammed with the Orchestra on his banjo, Johannes Moser played a cello concerto that rekindled childhood memories, and pianist Daniil Trifonov wowed audiences during his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

 

 

8/21/13, Saratoga Springs: Béla Fleck joins Giancarlo Guerrero and the Orchestra at rehearsal, playing his self-composed Banjo Concerto. It's not often you get to hear banjo and orchestra together. After rehearsal, musicians were curious about the banjo and asked Fleck many questions about the instrument. One Orchestra violinist even held an impromptu “jam session" with him!

 

 

8/21/13, Saratoga Springs: Orchestra members put on a pop-up performance at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Pictured from left to right are Acting Associate Concertmaster Marc Rovetti, violinist William Polk, Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall, and Assistant Principal Viola Kerri Ryan. (Photo: Chris Sainato)

 

 

8/21/13, Saratoga Springs: What a fantastic turn-out at the library! We love bringing our music into the Saratoga community. (Photo: Chris Sainato)

 

 

8/21/13, Saratoga Springs: Béla Fleck warms up before the concert. On the program was Shostakovich’s “Festive” Overture, Fleck’s Banjo Concerto, Falla’s Three Dances from “The Three-Cornered Hat,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio espagnol.” As an encore, Fleck played a combination of a Bach transcription of a solo violin partita and the theme from "Beverly Hillbillies,” which was inspired by his idol Earl Scruggs, who played banjo on that theme song. 

 

 

8/22/13, Saratoga Springs: Johannes Moser speaks with cellist Richard Harlow after rehearsal of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Moser was inspired to learn the Concerto as a kid after hearing the premiere recording of the piece, which Mstislav Rostropovich made with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1959. Those same forces also gave the U.S. premiere of the work around the same time, all under the guidance of the composer himself.  

 

 

8/22/13, Saratoga Springs: The Orchestra in concert. Along with the Cello Concerto, the Orchestra performed Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from “Eugene Onegin” and Symphony No. 5. (Photo: Chris Sainato)

 

 

8/24/13, Saratoga Springs: Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers shows us his view on stage during rehearsal of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

 

 

8/24/13, Saratoga Springs: Pianist Daniil Trifonov brought down the house with his amazing rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2! What a way to make your Philadelphia Orchestra debut!

 

 

8/24/13, Saratoga Springs: Daniil Trifonov performing one of his two encores—Schumann’s “Widmung” and an excerpt from Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” The Orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru, also performed Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from “Eugene Onegin” and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor,” and went out with a bang with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannons and followed by fireworks!