spac-2013.JPGAcclaimed Series Presented Sunday Afternoons & Tuesday Evenings at Spa Little Theatre, Aug 4 - 20  Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Regarded as an innovative and extraordinary showcase for chamber music performance and repertoire, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival sponsored by WAMC and WMHT opens its 23rd season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 4 with a program by the award-winning Escher String Quartet, hailed by The Washington Post as "one of the top young quartets" in the world today. The chamber series continues through August 20 with performances every Sunday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. and Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. in the Spa Little Theatre. The series is led by Artistic Director and world-renowned pianist André-Michel Schub. Highlights of the season include:  
  • Sunday, Aug 4 @ 2:15 p.m.| The Escher Quartet
Hailed by the Washington Post  "as one of the top young quartets" in the world today, the Escher Quartet opens the 2013 Season of the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival with an exquisite of program that includes Britten's rarely performed, but masterful String Quartet No. 3.  
  • Tuesday, Aug 6 @ 8 p.m.| Gil Shaham & Friends
Virtuoso Gil Shaham, one of the foremost violinists of our time, headlines a program that also features his renowned wife, celebrated violinist Adele Anthony and world-renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales. The three artists lead a program that will feature the autumnal and nostalgic Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115, considered by many to be the composer's finest chamber work. Brunch and Beethoven The Saratoga Chamber Music Festival and the Gideon Putnam are offering music lovers a perfect pairing: the Gideon's sumptuous Sunday brunch (10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.) followed by an exquisite chamber music matinee performance (2:15 p.m.). Normally $70 when purchased separately, the package is being offered for $50. Package available at the Gideon simply by notifying the brunch hostess. More information at
  • Sunday, Aug 11 @ 2:15 p.m. |"Night in Day" featuring David Kim
World-renowned violinist David Kim, concertmaster for The Philadelphia Orchestra, leads a program featuring favorite works from Stravinsky, Mozart and Brahms including Mozart's most famous work, the ebullient serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik, better known as "A Little Night Music." 
  • Tuesday, Aug 13 @ 8 p.m. |"Four Hands" with Davyd Booth & The Wister Quartet
The versatile Davyd Booth, a longtime member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, displays his multi-faceted skills on both violin and piano in a unique program featuring The Wister Quartet, a celebrated chamber ensemble of which he is a member.  Booth also performs on the piano with award-winning pianist and Chamber Music Director André-Michel Schub for a rare performance of Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for piano four-hands, the composer's last and greatest contribution to the four-hand repertory.
  • Sun, Aug 18 @ 2:15 p.m. | "An Afternoon to Remember"
Four of America's most dynamic young chamber musicians come together for an afternoon of sublime musicmaking. Alexei Kenney (violin), Molly Carr (viola), Andrew Janns (cello) and Dominic Cheli (piano) perform works including Beethoven's String Trio Op. 9 No. 2.  and Danielpour's A Child's Reliquary.
  • Tues, Aug 20 @ 8 p.m.| Beethoven and Beyond
Violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang performs with her husband acclaimed cellist and composer Thomas Kraines in an exciting program that includes Beethoven's fiery Violin Sonata in A Major Op. 47 "Kreutzer." Returning this season is EARLY ON TUESDAYS, a weekly conversation sponsored by Heinrich Medicus and hosted by André-Michel Schub at 7 p.m. before each Tuesday chamber music performance about the evening's repertoire, the artists and classical music. Information and tickets to the festival are available at, by calling 518.584.9330 or at the Box Office.