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Back at SPAC--Week Two

August 17, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra kicked off the second week of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency with a program celebrating the history of the Saratoga Race Track and the majestic horse, on August 10.

Maestro Keith Lockhart leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Copland's An Outdoor Overture, selections from Old American Songs, and the Billy the Kid Suite. Also on the program were Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," excerpts from Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, Rossini's Overture to William Tell, and a piece narrated by Tom Durkin titled The Horse.

Bass-baritone Justin Hopkins makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, singing selections from Copland's Old American Songs.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's horn section.

Longtime NYRA announcer Tom Durkin narrates The Horse. 

On August 11 and 12, the Orchestra performed Stravinsky's complete Firebird ballet for Saratoga audiences. Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru led both concerts, which featured imaginative puppets from Janni Younge Productions. 

The first half of the program featured Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Grieg's "Holberg" Suite.

Dancers from Janni Younge Productions depict a scene from The Firebird. 

During the day on August 12, a quartet of Philadelphia Orchestra horn players--(from left to right) Associate Principal Jeffrey Lang, Shelley Showers, Daniel Williams, and Principal Jennifer Montone--performed a free pop-up concert. 

Before the concert on August 12, Associate Principal Timpani and percussionist Angela Zator Nelson demonstrated different percussion instruments at SPAC's Children's Workshop. Here, she performs a piece composed by her husband, David Nelson, titled Hands On.

The Orchestra rehearses the morning of August 13 with Steven Reineke and vocalist Capathia Jenkins. The Sophisticated Ladies program celebrated the groundbreaking icons of American popular song, with tunes like "Love is Here to Stay," "Strike up the Band," and "The Best is Yet to Come."

Lucky patrons got a sneak preview of the Sophisticated Ladies program during the morning's open rehearsal. 

N'Kenge rehearses with Maestro Reineke the morning of August 13. Unfortunately, due to unsafe severe weather, the concert later that evening was cancelled.

Next week: Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin returns to Saratoga!