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New and timeless highlight SPAC's classical season

New and timeless highlight SPAC's classical season

Venue announces full schedule of ballet, orchestra and chamber music performances; tickets to go on sale
New and timeless highlight SPAC's classical season
Balanchine's Serenade, left, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Photographer: paul kolnik/jan regan

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center and it's three summer residencies will be honoring classic masterpieces as well as saluting new contemporary works this summer when the 2019 season heats up in July.

The New York City Ballet will grab the spotlight July 16-20 and will perform ballets by Balanchine and Tchaikovsky, along with three new works by 21st century choreographers. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be in town for three weeks, July 31-Aug. 17, and will perform 19 SPAC premieres, and from Aug. 4-20 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the Spa Little Theater with a roster of internationally-acclaimed artists.

"Our beloved resident company, the New York City Ballet, will perform four distinct programs spanning the great, iconic ballets of Balanchine with the music of Tchaikovsky, to a new showcase of works by 21st Century composers never before seen at SPAC," said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol in a press release. "Whether you are a Balanchine lover or enjoy adventurous new works, you will find something thrilling and exceptional during the season."

"The Runaway," a new ballet by Kyle Abraham, fuses modern and classical technique with the sounds of Kanye West, Jay-Z, James Blake and composer Nico Muhly. The annual SPAC ballet gala will celebrate Balanchine's "Apollo," along with Christopher Wheeldon's "This Bitter Earth" and a new piece by NYCB resident choreographer and soloist Justin Peck.

Along with 19 pieces never before performed at SPAC, the Philadelphia Orchestra's three-week visit will include the return of the "Cinema Series," an innovative program created last year. The films that will be shown with a live music score include "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Disney Pixar's "Up," and Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights."

The orchestra will once again work under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, both music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera. Nezet-Seguin will conduct the closing night performance of Mozart's "Requiem."

Among the musicians highlighting the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series this summer will be CMS co-artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Also scheduled to perform will be the Escher Quartet, Chinese violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, British flutist Adam Walker, Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova and American cellist Keith Robinson.

"We are gratified to continue fulfilling SPAC's commitment to the world's finest chamber music repertoire and performances," Finckel and Han said in a press statement. "These programs, specifically designed for this residency, comprise a chamber music listening experience of incomparable depth and diversity. We look forward to reuniting with our devoted SPAC audience and Saratoga Springs community."

Tickets for the summer season go on sale Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. to all SPAC members and on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. to the general public. Philadelphia Orchestra ticket prices range from $18 to $113. Tickets for the New York City Ballet run between $58 and $128, and tickets for Chamber Music Society performances are $48-$53. For more information visit www.spac.org

New York City Ballet, July 16-20

July 16, 8 p.m. and July 17, 2 p.m. - "Serenada" (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine), "Mozartiana" (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine), "Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2" (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine).

July 17, 8 p.m. - "Varied Trio (in four)" (Harrison/Frolich), "New Peck" (Stevens/Peck), "The Runaway" (Nico Muhly, Kanye West, Jay-Z, James Blake/Abraham).

July 18, 8 p.m., July 19, 8 p.m. and July 20, 2 p.m. - "Coppelia" (Delibes/Balanchine, Danilova).

July 20, 8 p.m. - "Apollo" (Stravinsky/Balanchine), "This Bitter Earth" (Richter, Otis/Wheeldon), "New Peck" (Stevens/Peck).

Philadelphia Orchestra, July 31-Aug. 17

July 31, 8 p.m. - Festive Fireworks, Stephane Deneve, conductor; Dancers of PHILADANCO.

Aug. 1, 2 p.m. - "Beyond Baroque," Stephane Deneve, conductor.
Aug. 2, 8 p.m. - "Songs of the Sea," Stephane Deneve, conductor, Janice Carissa, piano.

Aug. 3, 8 p.m. - "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in concert.

Aug. 7, 8 p.m. - "Yannick Returns," Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor.

Aug. 8, 8 p.m. - "American Idylls," Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor.

Aug. 9, 8 p.m. - "South American Sounds," Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor, Elizabeth Hainen, harp.

Aug. 10, 8 p.m. - Disney Pixar's "Up" in concert, Constantine Kitsopoulus, conductor.

Aug. 14, 8 p.m. - Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights," Kensho Wantanabe, conductor.

Aug. 15, 8 p.m. - "Marsalis Swing Symphony," William Eddins, conductor, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Aug. 16, 8 p.m. - "Yan & Yannick," Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor, Jan Lisiecki, piano.

Aug. 17, 8 p.m.  - "All Mozart," Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor, Christian Blackshaw, piano, Albany Pro Musica.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aug. 4-20

Aug. 4, 3 p.m. - "Thrills and Chills," Michael Brown, piano; Bella Hristova, violin; Angelo Xiang Yu, violin; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; and Adam Walker, flute.

Aug. 6, 8 pm. - "Instrumental Array," Michael, Hristova and Yu, Kerry Ryan on viola, and others.

Aug. 11, 3 p..m. - "Deeply Inspired," Juho Pohjonen, piano; Chad Hoopes, violiin; Arnaud Sussman, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola, David Finckel, cello; and Keith Robinson, cello.

Aug. 13, 8 p.m. - "International Voices," Pohjonen, Hoopes, Sussman, Lipman, Finckel, Robinson, Wu Han, piano; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Jeffrey Lang, horn.

Aug. 18, 3 p.m. - "Vienna to Paris," Han, Finckel, Paul Huang, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Escher String Quartet, Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Danbi Um, violin, Pierre Lapointe, viola and Brook Speltz, cello.

Aug. 20, 8 p.m. - "Technical Brilliance," Han, Huang, Neubauer, Finckel, Esther String Quartet, Barnett-Hart, Um, Lapointe, and Speltz.






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