SPAC announces 2019 classical lineup
A symphony by a jazz giant, a Mozart “Requiem,” a Little Tramp, a lot of Balanchine and works by 21st-century choreographers are all included in the 2019 classical summer schedule released by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Included in the new season are a few previously announced highlights — including “Swing Symphony” by Wynton Marsalis and the monumental Mozart work, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Albany Pro Musica — as well as newly revealed details.
Among them: Balanchine works set to Tchaikovsky, performed by the New York City Ballet; dance pieces by Christopher Wheeldon and NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck; and Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights,” screened alongside a live performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The summer lineup is listed below. For more information, including complete program details, see spac.org. Adult tickets run from $18 to $108, with discounts available, and will go on sale online to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 (10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, for members only).
New York City Ballet: July 16-20
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, and 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18: “Tchaikovsky and Balanchine.” Three Balanchine ballets set to Tchaikovsky: “Serenade,” “Mozartiana” and “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.”
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17: New work by Justin Peck, plus pieces by City Ballet master Jeanpierre Frohlich and Kyle Abraham.
8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19; 2 p.m. Saturday, July
20: “Coppélia,” comedic work choreographed by Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova that first premiered at SPAC in 1974.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 20: NYC Ballet Gala. Works include new piece by Peck — his fourth collaboration with composer and singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens — as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s “This Bitter Earth” and “Apollo,” Balanchine’s first collaboration with Igor Stravinsky.
The Philadelphia Orchestra: July 31-Aug. 17
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31: Opening night, led by conductor Stéphane Deneve. Works include Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Rimsky-korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” With dancers from PHILADANCO (Philadelphia Dance Company) making their SPAC debut. Fireworks.
2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1: “Beyond Baroque,” conducted by Deneve. Music associated with Leopold Stokowski, including his orchestrations of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and other Bach organ works.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2: “Songs of the Sea,” conducted by Deneve. Featuring SPAC debut of pianist Janice Carissa. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, plus Britten, Debussy.
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in concert. Live performance of John Williams’ score alongside screening of the film.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7: Yannick Nézetséguin, conductor. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1, plus works by Anna Clyne, Chausson.
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Aug. 8: “American idylls,” Nézet-séguin, conductor. Program includes Respighi and SPAC premiere of works by Jennifer Higdon and Mason Bates, plus the orchestral suite from Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9: “South American Sounds,” conducted by Miguel Harth-bedoya in his SPAC debut. With harpist Elizabeth Hainen, principal for the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing Alberto Ginastera’s 1965 Harp Concerto. Program also includes works by Márquez, Piazzolla, Lí³pez.
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Aug. 10: Pixar’s “Up” in concert, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulus. Live performance of Michael Giacchino’s score alongside screening of the film.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14: “City Lights,” conducted by Kensho Wantanabe. Live performance of Chaplin’s score alongside screening of the film.
8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15: Wynton Marsalis “Swing Symphony,” with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and William Eddins conductor.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16: Nézet-séguin, conductor, with pianist Jan Lisiecki. Program includes Grieg Piano Concerto and works by Wagner, Dvořák.
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17: All Mozart, featuring conductor Nézet-séguin, pianist Christian Blackshaw — in his SPAC debut — and Albany Pro Musica. Program features Mozart’s Requiem and Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Aug. 4-20
3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4: Program includes Beethoven, Britten, Foss, Poulenc, Ravel. With Michael Brown, piano; Bella Hristova, violin; Angelo Xiang Yu, violin; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; and Adam Walker, flute.
8 p.m.: Tuesday, Aug. 6: Works by Bach, Kodály, Spohr. With Brown, Hristova, Yu, Canellakis and Walker, plkus Kerri Ryan, viola; David Finckel, cello; Nathaniel West, double bass; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Angela Anderson Smith, bassoon; and Jeffrey Lang, horn.
3 p.m.: Sunday, Aug. 2: With Finckel and Han; Juho Pohjonen, piano; Chad Hoopes, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; and Keith Robinson, cello. Works by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Program includes music by Burleigh, Adolphe, Stravinsky and Dohnányi. With Han, Hoopes, Sussman, Lipman, Finckel, Robinson, Moralis and Lang; and Juho Pohjonen, piano.
3 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
18: Music by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms. With the Escher String Quartet, plus Han, Finckel, Paul Huang, violin, and Paul Neubauer, viola.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20: Music by Mozart, Saint-saíens, Dvořák. With Han, Huang, Neubauer, Finckel and Escher Quartet, plus Adam Barnett-hart, violin; Danbi Um, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; and Brook Speltz, cello.
A view of the Philadelphia Orchestra performing at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 2017.