Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Saratoga Performing Arts Center and The Philadelphia Orchestra present an "Audience Choice" online vote to select the opening piece of the Orchestra's Thursday, August 4 concert in the SPAC amphitheater. The winning piece will be performed by the "Fabulous Philadelphians" under the baton of the Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève.
Votes may be cast online at SPAC's website, www.spac.org, from 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 4 until midnight on Monday, February 29. The first 50 voters will receive an honorary SPAC50 pin in recognition of their involvement in SPAC's 50th Anniversary Season.
Audiences may vote to select one of the following pieces:
Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Bernstein Overture to Candide
Prokofiev "Montagues and Capulets," from Romeo and Juliet
"We are thrilled to offer our audiences an opportunity to directly influence the musical programming in SPAC's 50th Anniversary Season," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director. "SPAC's 2016 50th Anniversary Season is a celebration of the visionaries who brought SPAC to life and the community that has enhanced, enriched, and expanded SPAC for five decades. We are thrilled that audiences will take an active role in our celebration and we look forward to announcing the winning piece!"
The August 4 program will also feature a spectacular performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto by virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Chang has performed around the globe with the world's leading orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in a career spanning more than two decades. She first performed at SPAC with The Philadelphia Orchestra when she was 10 years old.
Chang has described her love of performing with the Orchestra at SPAC, saying, "I was completely in awe of the incredible artists around me and inspired by the beauty of SPAC's outdoor Amphitheatre and stunning grounds. The same wave of emotions - excitement and respect for the history of the venue - return to me every time that I perform at SPAC. It is a stage that holds a very special place in my heart."