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Orchestra of St. Luke's in Saratoga appearance

Orchestra of St. Luke's in Saratoga appearance

Presented by SPAC, group will play at Bethesda Episcopal Church
Orchestra of St. Luke's in Saratoga appearance
The Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Photographer: Provided

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Orchestra of St. Luke's is bringing Bach to Bethesda Episcopal Church on Friday night. The program, presented by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, includes Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

The performance is part of SPAC's plan to extend its season well beyond the summer months and into the rest of the year. 

"Expanding SPAC's role as a presenter in new venues is a key part of our vision to reach new audiences and create meaningful cultural experiences for the community," said Elizabeth Sobol, the president and chief operating officer of SPAC. For Saratoga Springs native and board member of St. Luke's, David Hyde Pierce, the collaboration honors not only the orchestra but SPAC's history of presenting high-caliber classical music.

"This concert means so much to me. SPAC was where as a young boy I first encountered the great artistry of the orchestra and the ballet; Bethesda, a place of comfort and worship for my family was where I sang in the choir and learned to play the organ; the Orchestra of St. Luke's is the finest musical ensemble I've ever known, and they're like family to me. It is a rare opportunity to hear music this great played this beautifully in such an exquisite setting —but that's Saratoga," Pierce said. 

The Orchestra of St. Luke's, based in New York City, frequently plays Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and they've received accolades from publications like the New York Times for their "fresh and invigorating" sound.

On Friday, the orchestra is slated to perform six Brandenburg Concertos, which were composed in 1721 as a gift for the Margrave of Brandenburg.  

"To be able to present some of Bach's most beloved repertoire performed by one of the world's great chamber orchestras in an acoustically and architecturally exquisite space during the holiday season is a great privilege," Sobol said. 

Tickets are $20 and are available online at spac.org

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