spac.jpgOther Highlights Include Musical Comedy, A Little Nightmare Music, Degas & Music with the Hyde Museum, Renowned Soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, André Watts and More Saratoga Springs, NY (March 4, 2009) - A chamber music concert featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax is among the highlights of the 2009 Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, August 4 – 23, announced today by Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Festival, which marks its 19th season, is presented in the Spa Little Theatre and is led by Director Chantal Juillet. Headlining the August 11 program entitled Once in a Lifetime will be two giants of the classical music world – renowned cellist YO-YO MA and acclaimed pianist EMANUEL AX. Widely recognized as the world’s greatest living cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, the winner of more than 15 Grammy Awards, is one of the best selling classical recording artists of all time. Legendary pianist and Grammy winner Emanuel Ax - in demand by the world’s major orchestras – has been described by the New York Times as “never less than spellbinding.” The duo will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 for cello and piano. As part of a first-ever collaboration between the Hyde Museum and SPAC, two chamber music programs celebrating famed French Impressionist EDGAR DEGAS and the music that inspired many of his works will be part of the Festival. In conjunction with the Hyde’s special exhibit, Degas & Music (July 12- October 18, 2009) the chamber music program, Degas Among Friends, will take place in two locations – on Friday, August 7 at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls and on Monday, August 10 at the Spa Little Theatre. The program for both locations will be identical and will feature gifted young pianist JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC NEUBERGER, who the Washington Post described as “a brilliantly polished, profoundly gifted young pianist” following his debut recital at age 20 at the Kennedy Center. The August 7 chamber program at the Museum will be a fundraiser to benefit SPAC and the Hyde and will feature a pre-performance cocktail reception within the Degas & Music exhibit area and a post-performance reception with Mr. Neuberger and all the chamber artists. Bringing a twist to the Festival on August 16 will be comedy duo IGUDESMAN & JOO, performing their hit show, A Little Nightmare Music. Its members, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo are classically trained musicians who first met at age 12 as students at the Yehudi Menuhin School and shared the dream of bringing classical music to a larger audience. Now, years later, following in the footsteps of legends such as Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, the pair’s critically acclaimed performances combine parody, slapstick humor and classical music. Their YouTube videos have made them celebrities with more than 7 million views, Showcasing the young, rising stars of classical music will be an August 23 program entitled, Star Struck: The Next Generation. The ensemble will include Russian pianist KIRILL GERSTEIN who, at 14, became the youngest student ever at the Berklee School of Music and who at 30 is considered one of classical music’s most masterful young musicians; twentysomething German violinist ARABELLA STEINBACHER who has become a sought-after soloist on the international concert scene since her unexpected Paris debut in 2004 when she filled in for an ill colleague; and cellist SOL GABETTA whose playing has been called “phenomenal” and “impressive.” Other soloists headlining the 2009 Chamber Music Festival include: JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET – Hailed by the press as “one of the best pianists in the world,” Jean-Yves Thibaudet is a versatile musician known for his mastery of color, nuance, and rhythmic intricacies. He is sought after by today's foremost orchestras, conductors, and music festivals as well as for collaborations with pre-eminent musicians. He has performed on the scores of several films, including Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Thibaudet will perform in the August 18 chamber music program, entitled Philadelphian Flair and Parisian Chic. YEFIM BRONFMAN – Widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, pianist and Avery Fisher prize-winner Yefim Bronfman was a former protégé of the legendary Isaac Stern. Bronfman is distinguished by a commanding technique that has earned him critical acclaim and devoted audiences across the world, and that led one critic to hail his “fire-eating virtuosity at the keyboard.” Bronfman headlines the August 4 chamber music program, entitled Yefim and the Enchanting Romantics. ANDRÉ WATTS – One of the most celebrated, superstar pianists of today, André Watts performs each year with the world’s great orchestras and for sold-out solo recitals as well. He has also performed frequently for televised concerts on PBS, the BBC, A&E with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. Watts will perform in the August 9 chamber music program entitled, Tales of André, the Trout and Mother Goose. “Under the leadership of its dedicated and gifted Director, Chantal Juillet, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most outstanding chamber music programs anywhere. Orchestra musicians and world-famous soloists alike look forward to the opportunity to perform in the dynamic, innovative ensembles that Chantal creates and audiences love the level of engagement and spontaneity that the intimate setting allows. In short, it’s a program that not only draws classical fans – it creates them,” said Marcia J. White, President & Executive Director. Order forms for tickets to the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival – and all SPAC programs – will be available in early March. Tickets for the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival will be available for purchase online, via phone charge at 518-584-9330 and in-person at SPAC’s Route 50 Box Office beginning Sunday, May 10 at noon.



2009 Saratoga Chamber Music Festival Tuesday, August 4 – Yefim and the Enchanting Romantics Yefim Bronfman, piano Choon-Jin Chang, viola Chantal Juillet, violin Harold Robinson, bass Cello, TBA BRAHMS Sonata in E? Major Op. 120 No. 2 TCHAIKOVSKY Dumka for solo piano DVORÁK String Quintet in G Major Op. 77, B 49 Friday, August 7 - Degas and Friends 6:00 PM at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, New York (fundraising reception to follow – details at Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, piano Chantal Juillet, violin The Wister Quartet: Nancy Bean & Davyd Booth, violins; Pamela Fay, viola; Lloyd Smith, cello MOZART Sonata for violin and piano Kv 304 in E Minor SATIE Three Gymnopédies for solo piano DEBUSSY String Quartet CHAUSSON Concert for violin, piano and string quartet Sunday, August 9 – Tales of André, the Trout and Mother Goose André Watts, piano Jose Blumenschein, violin Chantal Juillet, viola Efe Baltacigil, cello Harold Robinson, doublebass Elizabeth Hainen & Janet Bouskova, harps ROSSINI Sonata a quarto RAVEL Ma Mere L’oye (arr. John Escosa) for 2 harps KRUMPHOLZ Duo No. 1 in F major for 2 harps SCHUBERT Quintet for piano and strings (The Trout) Monday, August 10 - Degas and Friends (repeat of August 7 program) Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, piano Chantal Juillet, violin The Wister Quartet: Nancy Bean & Davyd Booth, violins; Pamela Fay, viola, Lloyd Smith, cello MOZART Sonata for violin and piano Kv 304 in E Minor SATIE Three Gymnopédies for solo piano DEBUSSY String Quartet CHAUSSON Concert for violin, piano and string quartet Tuesday, August 11 – Once in a Lifetime Yo-Yo Ma, cello Emanuel Ax, piano BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 4 for cello and piano Sunday, August 16 – Igudesman & Joo: A Little Nightmare Music Aleksey Igudesman, violin Richard Hyung-ki Joo, piano Tuesday, August 18 – Philadelphian Flair & Parisian Chic Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Richard Woodhams, oboe Jeffrey Khaner, flute Chantal Juillet, violin Efe Baltacigil, cello BEETHOVEN Duo for violin and cello, Woo 27 PROKOFIEV Sonata for flute and piano in D major POULENC Sonata for oboe and piano MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor Sunday, August 23 – Star Struck: The Next Generation Kirill Gerstein, piano Arabella Steinbacher, violin Sol Gabetta, cello Chantal Juillet, violin, viola STRAVINSKY Duo Concertant for violin and piano RAVEL Sonata for violin and cello BRAHMS Piano Quartet in A Major No. 2 Op. 26 Contact: Shane Williams-Ness, 518-584-9330 ext. 116, or Lisa Hill, 518-584-9330 ext. 119,