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Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Week One in Review

August 09, 2012

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’ 47th consecutive residency at Saratoga.

 
 

The newly erected façade on the Saratoga Performing Arts Center blends nicely with its natural surroundings.

 

8/1/12, Saratoga Springs: Stéphane Denève rehearses with the Orchestra for their residency-opening performance that evening.

 

8/2/12, Saratoga Springs: Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet chats with Assistant Conductor Cristian Macelaru following the day’s rehearsal. The evening’s concert program included Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and featured Thibaudet as soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

 

8/2/12, Saratoga Springs: Violinist Daniel Han talks with a young attendee during an afternoon pop-up concert at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga. The performance featured a trio of Orchestra musicians, including Han, fellow violinist Yayoi Numazawa, and violist David Nicastro.

 

8/3/12, Saratoga Springs: Guest conductor Stéphane Dèneve takes on his new role as impromptu cirque performer during Orchestra rehearsal. The evening Cirque de la Symphonie concert featured acrobats and cirque artists performing onstage alongside the Orchestra.

 

8/1/12, Saratoga Springs: Stéphane Denève and soloist Garrick Ohlsson wait backstage prior to the start of the Orchestra’s Opening Night concert. The program featured Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

 

8/1/12, Saratoga Springs: Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore (third from left) and Saratoga Performing Arts Center President and Executive Director Marcia White (center) greet SPAC Board members and other concertgoers during intermission.