Grammy® Winner Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble and
Jazz Vocalist Rachael Price to Perform at Spa Little Theatre, May 23, 29 and 30
Saratoga Springs, NY (February 11, 2009) – Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - winners of Sunday night’s Grammy Award for ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’ - are among the featured artists of the 2009 Extended Season. Also performing will be the world-renowned Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble and critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist Rachael Price. Performances are scheduled for May 23, 29 and 30 at SPAC’s Little Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered beginning Wednesday, February 11 via online order form at www.spac.org.
“The audience for our Extended Season program has grown steadily over the past three seasons as people have discovered this unique series and the innovative artists it features. We are proud to showcase musicians whose styles and works cross musical genres, yet who all rise to the level of world-class quality that our audiences expect and deserve,” said Marcia J. White, President and Executive Director of SPAC.
Recently featured as part of Good Morning America Inauguration coverage, the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble under the direction of Terry Wright offers a repertoire that spans several genres including classical, gospel, spiritual, R&B, pop and soul. During their tours with The Boys Choir of Harlem, Alumni members performed at venues that included The White House, The United Nations, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and more. Scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 23, the group’s performance will be the first of the Extended Season and presented in collaboration with Saratoga ArtsFest, www.saratogaartsfest.orgTwenty-three year old jazz vocalist Rachael Price will perform on May 29. Price attracted attention at 17 by becoming the youngest semi-finalist in both the Montreaux International Jazz Vocal Competition in Europe and the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Jazz critics and professionals have called her “gifted,” “brilliant,” and “incredible.” Price recently released her third CD, The Good Hours.
Preeminent Latin jazz pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform on May 30. O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are 2009 Grammy Award winners in the category of ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’ for their work, Song for Chico. Often referred to as the world’s leading Latin jazz big band, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra was founded by O’Farrill in 2001 for Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Orchestra now performs at New York City’s venerated performance center, Symphony Space and tours nationally and internationally. They’ve performed at major venues that include the prestigious Megaron concert hall in Athens, The Bern Jazz Festival and the Rialto Concert Hall in Atlanta.
“Special congratulations go out to Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra on receiving a Grammy at Sunday’s awards ceremony. We are proud to offer SPAC audiences the opportunity to enjoy these extraordinary musicians, and see firsthand why they earned music’s most prestigious honor,” said White.
Tickets for Extended Season performances are $25 each. A special “3 for $60” package offering one ticket each to all three Extended Season performances is also available.
Ticket order forms are available on SPAC’s website at www.spac.org or by contacting SPAC at 518-584-9330. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone charge at 518-584-9330 and in-person at SPAC’s Box Office beginning Sunday, May 10 at noon.