New York City Bal­let, Philadel­phia Orches­tra high­light 2019 SPAC lineup

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter has an­nounced its 2019 clas­si­cal sea­son, wel­com­ing home the New York City Bal­let and The Cham­ber Mu­sic So­ci­ety of Lin­coln Cen­ter.

SPAC calls the just-re­leased sea­son sched­ule a vi­brant, eclec­tic 2019 line-up, marked by SPAC pre­mieres of iconic works of the clas­si­cal reper­toire and new, in­no­va­tive pieces by liv­ing com­posers and chore­og­ra­phers.

The sea­son will kick off with New York City Bal­let’s five- day res­i­dency from July 16 to 20.

It will fea­ture four dis­tinct pro­grams in­clud­ing the story bal­let Cop­pélia, which was pre­miered at SPAC, an evening ded­i­cated to Balan­chine and Tschaikovsky, and a pro­gram show­cas­ing fourSPAC pre­mieres by 21st cen­tury chore­og­ra­phers, high­lighted by Kyle Abra­ham’s The Run­away, which fuses modern and clas­si­cal tech­nique and an eclec­tic sound­track mix­ing com­poser Nico Muhly, singer James Blake, and hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West.

The an­nual New York City Bal­let Gala, on Satur­day, July 20, will show­case Ge­orge Balan­chine’s Apollo, Christo­pher Wheel­don’s This Bit­ter Earth and a new piece by NYCB Res­i­dent Chore­og­ra­pher and Soloist Justin Peck.

“Our beloved res­i­dent com­pany, New York City Bal­let, will per­form four dis­tinct pro­grams span­ning the great, iconic bal­lets of Balan­chine with the mu­sic of Tschaikovsky … to a new show­case of works by 21st cen­tury cho- re­og­ra­phers never be­fore seen at SPAC … to the story bal­let Cop­pélia, which was orig­i­nally pre­miered at SPAC and will fea­ture a cast of lo­cal chil­dren… and fi­nally our bal­let Gala cel­e­brat­ing Apollo and his muses,” said El­iz­a­beth Sobol, pres­i­dent and CEO of Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, in a press re­lease. “Whether you are a Balan­chine lover or en­joy ad­ven­tur­ous new works, you will find some­thing thrilling and ex­cep­tional dur­ing this sea­son.”

Fol­low­ing the bal­let com­pany’s stay, The Philadel­phia Orches­tra will take the SPAC stage from July 31 to Aug. 17.

This three-week res­i­dency will be high­lighted by 19 SPAC pre­mieres rang­ing from clas­si­cal master­pieces to in­no­va­tive pre­mieres, mark­ing a record num­ber of pieces that have never be­fore been per­formed on SPAC’s stage.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand will be SPAC’s Cin­ema Se­ries, meant to de­light au­di­ences of all ages as the orches­tra ac­com­pa­nies, live to pic­ture, Harry Pot­ter and the Cham­ber of Se­crets™ in Con­cert;


The Philadel­phia Orches­tra per­forms, live to pic­ture, ev­ery note from “Harry Pot­ter and the Cham­ber of Se­crets,” as it will this sum­mer at SPAC.


Tschaikovsky Pi­ano Con­certo No. 2is part of the New York City Bal­let’s pro­gram for Sum­mer 2019at Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.


Yan­nick Nézet-Séguin, mu­sic di­rec­tor of The Philadel­phia Orches­tra, will be at Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter this sum­mer with the group.

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