Nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis will be partnering with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a special concert this summer during the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's 2019 classical season.
When the Philadelphia Orchestra and its new music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, visit Saratoga Springs July 31-Aug. 17, they'll be sharing the stage on Aug. 15 with Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Also a Pulitzer Prize winner, Marsalis and his trumpet will perform "Swing Symphony," his own composition, with the JLCO and the full force of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The JLCO ensemble is made up of 15 of the finest jazz soloists in the musical world. The orchestra was created in 1988 after Marsalis had helped a summer jazz series at Lincoln Center get up and running the previous year. He is the orchestra's artistic director.
"Swing Symphony" is Marsalis's third symphonic work. He describes the piece as a "meditation on the evolution of swing."
Also returning to SPAC in 2019 will be the New York City Ballet (July 16-20) and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Aug. 4-20).
SPAC officials gave the public a "sneak peek" at the 2019 classic season at a 3 p.m. board meeting Thursday.
Nezet-Seguin, also the new director of the Metropolitan Opera, will lead the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mozart's "Requeim" to close out the orchestra's season on Aug. 17. Performing with the orchestra will be vocalists from Albany Pro Musica.
"The repertory for the entire classical season is rich and varied," said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol. "It will culminate in Mozart's 'Requiem,' which despite being one of the great works of all time, has never before been performed at SPAC."
Mozart's wrote "Requiem" near the end of his life and never actually finished the composition. A choral masterpiece featuring four vocal parts, it is considered one of the greatest expressions of faith ever cast as a work of art.
The New York City Ballet will spend its five-day visit to Saratoga performing four different programs over seven performances. "Coppelia, considered one of the great comic ballets of the 19th century, will highlight the ballet's week-long appearance.
"Coppelia" tells the story of an eccentric inventor and the lifelike doll he creates. The music from "Coppelia" links two historical periods of ballet - the French Romantic style and the Russian Classical style.
For more information on the SPAC's 2019 season visit www.spac.org