Opening Night: Wednesday, Aug 6 @ 8 PM

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, returns to its summer stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, August 6 at 8 P.M. to commence a spectacular three-week residency highlighted by several premieres and appearances by a star-studded roster of conductors and soloists.  Opening Night, "The American Songbook," will feature Tony Award-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell in a program of classics by Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein. Other notable highlights of the season include the much-anticipated return of The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the New York premiere of Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women and an evening with iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman. The Orchestra season runs from August 6 - 23.


Program Highlights: Week One

Opening Night: "The American Songbook" with
Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell
| Wed, Aug 6

The season kicks-off with America's most beloved masterpieces by Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein.  Led by the charismatic Bramwell Tovey, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Symphony, the program will feature the rich, powerful baritone voice of Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell in cherished Broadway and orchestral classics.

An Evening on the Rhine featuring pianist Jeremy Denk | Thurs, Aug 7

Celebrated pianist Jeremy Denk makes his SPAC debut performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.  Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur "genius" Fellowship and Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. Following Denk's performance, conductor Bramwell Tovey will continue to lead orchestra and audience through an exploration of Germany's musical history, ranging from the 19th to the early 20th centuries.

A Night with Yo-Yo Ma | Fri, Aug 8

Yo-Yo Ma, arguably the world's greatest living cellist, will apply his virtuosic genius to Tchaikovsky's  Variations
on a Rococo Theme
and Andante Cantabile in Bramwell Tovey's final concert at SPAC during the 2014 season.

Cirque de la Symphonie | Sat, Aug 9

Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie returns to SPAC!  Under the direction of Cristian Macelaru, Associate
Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the stunning production will feature world-record holders, gold medal winners, and former Olympians performing acrobatics, aerial feats and astonishing displays of strength set to classical
music masterpieces. 

Program Highlights: Week Two

On Broadway | Wed, Aug 13

A night of Broadway favorites led by New York Pops Conductor, and Saratoga favorite, Steven Reineke.  The concert will feature Broadway stars Ryan Silverman , known for his roles as Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago and Raoul in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, and Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block, best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked, in a program of Broadway's most unforgettable hits including selections from West Side
Story, Carousel, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, Wicked
, and more. 

Yannick Returns! | Thurs, Aug 14

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, acclaimed Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will lead the SPAC debuts of two
internationally acclaimed young artists.  British trumpeter Alison Balsom, Gramophone's 2013 "Artist of the Year," will perform the impressive Haydn Trumpet Concerto, a work that is considered the crown jewel among Haydn's works
for soloist and orchestra.  Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglic, Gramophone's 2011 "Young Artist of the Year," will perform Rodrigo's serene and beautiful Concierto de Aranjuez.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women
| Fri, Aug 15 (multi-media)

The New York premiere of composer Tan Dun's groundbreaking multi-media masterpiece Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, featuring Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, is an exploration of an ancient Chinese language secretly created by women in the remote province of Hunan,
China, and passed through generations of mothers and daughters by reading, writing and singingCombining the fields of anthropology, musicology, history and philosophy, Tan Dun brings the secret language to life as he weaves heartrending stories of women who navigate their lives through the music of Nu Shu.  

Celebration of an Artist featuring pianist Alain Lefèvre | Sat, Aug 16

Under the baton of conductor Cristian Macelaru, renowned pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre makes his SPAC debut playing Piano Concerto in F by Gershwin.  Hailed as a "hero"
(Los Angeles Times) for his ability to mesmerize audiences with his spectacular and glittering performances, Lefèvre is celebrated by classical and jazz fans around the world.

Program Highlights: Week Three

Itzhak Perlman | Wed, Aug 20

Violin virtuoso and classical music icon Itzhak Perlman makes his highly anticipated return to SPAC for the first time since
2007.  Winner of 15 Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards, Perlman will take on the roles of both soloist and conductor during the performance; first playing Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor and then conducting Weber's Overture
to Oberon and Brahm's Symphony No. 1.

An Evening with Alisa Weilerstein | Thurs, Aug 21

Alisa Weilerstein, internationally acclaimed cellist and  a McArthur "genius grant" Fellow, will appear in her first SPAC performance playing Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto with an orchestra led by Stéphane Denève, Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.  The young artist is celebrated for her extraordinarily sensitive and emotive playing.

An Evening Featuring NYCB Dancers | Fri, Aug 22

After enchanting SPAC audiences in July, New York City Ballet dancers Ashley Bouder and Sebastian Villarini-Velez will return to the SPAC stage to perform the breathtaking Swan Lake Pas de deux.  The dancers will accompany the orchestra with choreography excerpted from Peter Martins' revered full-length production of Swan Lake on a specially installed dance floor in front of the stage.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular | Sat, Aug 23

The Philadelphia Orchestra 2014 SPAC season will close with the popular annual finale, "Tchaikovsky Spectacular!"
featuring fireworks and colonial re-enactors igniting live cannon fire. Featured on the program is brilliant young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, lauded by critics around the world for his technical prowess and compelling performances, playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

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performances.