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International artists heading to SPAC

International artists heading to SPAC

'SPAC on Stage' is one series that brings the audience right on stage
International artists heading to SPAC
Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar
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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is highlighting music from around the globe this summer, bringing international artists to the stage through two programs. 

One such program is the “SPAC on Stage” series, which brings the audience right on stage with the performers for a more intimate concert experience. It returns this summer with four Saratoga debuts, including Anoushka Shankar, the heir to the transcendent musical tradition of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar on Wednesday, June 19. Then, Latin Grammy Nominated Tony Succar and his band Mixtura will take to the stage on Tuesday, July 23.  

Red Baraat, a bhangra party band that mixes elements of hip-hop, jazz and punk, will perform on Monday, August 26. 

The multicultural Banda Magda, which is known for moving from samba to polyphonic French chansons to Greek folk in one performance, will take the stage on Monday, September 9. Banda Magda has collaborated with everyone from the Kronos Quartet to Louis CK and Snarky Puppy.  

“Following the incredible success of performances by Trinity Dance Company and the Argentinians dance company Che Malambo, this season we will feature the percussive rhythms of Yamato to complement our global “SPAC on Stage” series,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC.

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan will perform “Jhonetsu” at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 29. “Jhonetsu” brings together over a dozen musicians who combine traditional Taiko drumming with agility and athleticism. The Taiko drums weigh half a ton and are made from a single piece of wood from a tree that’s aged at least 400 years. Performers use their whole bodies to strike these drums, making for physically and musically intense performances.  

Founded in 1993, Yamato travels all over the world with Japan’s traditional Taiko drums. This will be the group’s first time performing at SPAC. 

Prior to the performance on July 29, SPAC will present The Performance Project: Youth in Motion, featuring a professionally choreographed performance by 80 local children. 

Tickets to “SPAC on Stage” events are $40 and $50, depending on location. Tickets for Yamato: The Drummers of Japan are $30, $40 and $60. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15. For more information visit spac.org

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