The New York City Ballet will present Peter Martins’ full-length ballet “Romeo + Juliet” this July during its summer residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The ballet, set to the score by Prokofiev, premiered in 2007 to honor the 100th birthday of New York City Ballet co-founder Lincoln Kirstein. Danish artist Per Kirkeby designed the costumes and abstract scenery, including a movable set that allows scenes to change in full view of the audience. City Ballet will be at SPAC from July 10-21. “Romeo + Juliet” will be performed on the 18th, 19th and 21st.
On Wednesday, SPAC announced three other summer highlights: the Ébène Quartet at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival on Aug. 14; trumpeter Mario Abney at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on June 30; and Steve Ross performing songs of Irving Berlin at Live from the Algonquin at SPAC on Aug. 19 and 21.
The Ébène Quartet, a French string ensemble, consists of Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure on violin, Mathieu Herzog on viola, and Raphaël Merlin on cello. They have dazzled audiences and critics with their ability to move from pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Brahms into creative interpretations of hits by the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Chick Corea and other jazz/rock/pop classics.
Trumpet wunderkind Mario Abney returns by popular demand to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 30, for two separate performances, one in the amphitheatre and the other on the festival Gazebo stage. With a sound that draws equally from the inspiration of Miles Davis and New Orleans’ second line brass band tradition, Abney has performed as a sideman and leader with everyone from Erykah Badu to Wynton Marsalis.
Steve Ross, an international cabaret and concert performer, will perform “C’Mon and Hear! The Songs of Irving Berlin” at SPAC’s cabaret series, Live from the Algonquin at SPAC.
Ross regularly attracts capacity crowds to New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel and stages across the world.
Of his performance in the new Irving Berlin show, Classical Source said: “The show is a sterling tribute to a master songwriter, and it would be hard to find a finer interpreter of Irving Berlin’s words and music than Steve Ross.”