philadelphia-orchestra-at-spac.jpgSpecial Performances to Feature Alec Baldwin, Yo-Yo Ma and More Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Springs will again host the historic Philadelphia Orchestra during their summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Their residency in Saratoga runs from August 5th-22nd, with performances Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 8:00 p.m. each night, as well as pre-performance talks by conductors and/or musicians or soloists one hour prior to all concerts.  Opening night will feature the appearance and Saratoga debut of actor Alec Baldwin as Narrator for Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.   Throughout the season, visitors will also have the privilege of seeing several special guest soloists that are scheduled to perform, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Joshua Bell, as well as pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Emanueal Ax and more.  The very popular Pops performances are back again this year, with guest conductors Jeff Tyzik (Aug 7), Erich Kunzel (Aug 14) and Marvin Hamlisch (Aug 20). They will be leading the orchestra for themed nights of music from movies, Broadway hits and songs by great American composers.  For more event details, go online to http://www.spac.org/. Saratoga offers numerous summer and special packages, including the Ultimate Orchestra Experience package, featuring accommodations, event tickets, select meals and more.  For more information on Saratoga and stay packages, visit http://www.saratoga.org/ or call 1-800-526-8970. About Saratoga, New York Saratoga's attractions and spectacular scenery have made it a premier Northeast destination for centuries.  Located approximately three hours from New York, Montreal and Boston, Saratoga features world-class horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, polo, award-winning golf courses, museums - including three National museums, a National Battlefield, Victorian architecture, great shopping, plentiful outdoor activities and so much more. Visitor information is available online at http://www.saratoga.org/ or by calling 1-800-526-8970.  The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is the official Tourism Promotion Agency of Saratoga County, New York.

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Contact: Greg Dixon Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce 518-584-3255 gdixon@saratoga.org http://www.saratoga.org/