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WMHT radio to air Philadelphia Orchestra concerts

WMHT radio to air Philadelphia Orchestra concerts

Four SPAC concerts will be recorded next month and aired at dates to be announced
WMHT radio to air Philadelphia Orchestra concerts
Opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Stéphane Denève in August 2017 at SPAC.
Photographer: erica miller

Editor's note: This story originally stated that the concerts would be televised on WMHT. They are being aired on WMHT radio (89.1 FM) only.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center and WMHT and WRTI are coming together to bring the Philadelphia Orchestra's performance off the stage and closer to home. 

WMHT and WRTI of Philadelphia will be recording and later broadcasting four Philadephia Orchestra concerts -- on the evenings of Aug. 8, 10, 15 and 17. The concerts will be carried on WMHT radio on select Sundays at 6 p.m. at dates to be announced.

The partnership marks the first time in the Orchestra's 52-year residency at SPAC that the Orchestra's concerts will have a dedicated spot on WMHT. 

The concerts will be conducted by Yannick Nezet-Séguin, music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and will feature soloists Janai Brugger, the Jussen ‘Piano Brothers,’ Jennifer Koh, Serhiy Salov and Joshua Bell. Nezet-Seguin is slated to begin his role as music director of the Metropolitan Opera in September, though he will continue on with the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

“Having Yannick on the podium for two weeks this season is a cultural coup for Saratoga. For those who aren’t able to attend his performances at SPAC, we are delighted that classical music lovers will have the opportunity to tune in to WMHT and WRTI for four virtuosic, distinct performances,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC.

The partnership kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday (July 21) on WMHT with a glimpse into the orchestra's recorded history. WMHT will play two WRTI-recorded and produced programs with pianist Garrick Ohlsson under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt. Then on July 28, there will be a program with pianist Denis Kozhin and conductor Stephane Deneve. 

“This new partnership with WMHT and WRTI marks a new chapter in our historic collaboration with our friends at The Philadelphia Orchestra and is part of our strategy to engage our artistic partners in new and exciting projects that extend beyond the scope of our performance schedule,” added Sobol. “Having our concerts broadcast to the greater Capital Region, and to audiences in Philadelphia, is part of our mission to make the world-class programming created here available to listeners beyond the SPAC grounds and spark a curiosity in orchestra fans who live outside of New York State.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be at Saratoga Performing Arts Center from Aug 1-18. For tickets or more information, visit spac.org.

The full WMHT and WRTI recording schedule is as follows:

8 p.m. on Aug. 8
Mozart & Mahler
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Lucas and Arthur Jussen, duo pianos
Janai Brugger, soprano
Music from Mozart and Mahler

8 p.m. on Aug. 10 
All Bernstein: Celebrating 100 Years
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin
Guest singers Ryan Silverman, Isabel Santiago, and Julia Udine

8 p.m. Aug. 15
The Orchestra Unleashed!
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor    
Serhiy Salov, piano
Music from Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Bartók
8 p.m. Aug. 17
Joshua Bell with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Music from Dvořák, Bruch and Tchaikovsky 

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