The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will welcome home resident companies; New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The 2019 line-up is marked by a record number of SPAC premieres of both iconic works of the classical repertoire and new works by living composers and choreographers.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET (NYCB)’s residency (July 16 – 20) will once again feature four distinct programs including the story ballet Coppélia, which was premiered at SPAC, an evening dedicated to Balanchine and Tschaikovsky, and a program showcasing three SPAC premieres by 21st century choreographers, highlighted by Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway, which fuses modern and classical technique and an eclectic soundtrack mixing composer Nico Muhly, singer James Blake, and hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West. The annual New York City Ballet Gala, on Saturday, July 20, will showcase George Balanchine’s Apollo, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth and a new piece by NYCB Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA’S three-week residency (July 31 – August 17) will be highlighted by 19 SPAC premieres ranging from classical masterpieces to innovative contemporary compositions, marking a record number of pieces that have never before been performed on SPAC’s stage, ranging from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring to Mason Bates’ Anthology of Fantastic Zoology. Back by popular demand will be SPAC’s “Cinema Series,” which will delight audiences of all ages as the Orchestra accompanies, live to picture, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™” in Concert; Disney • Pixar’s “Up” in Concert and Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” in Concert. The season will, once again, showcase two weeks under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of both The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera. Nézet-Séguin will conduct the closing night performance of Mozart’s Requiem.
THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER (CMS) returns (August 4 – 20) with a roster of internationally celebrated artists, taking audiences at the Spa Little Theatre on a musical journey with six programs designed specifically for the SPAC Residency of 23 works never before been performed by CMS at SPAC. In addition to performances by David Finckel and Wu Han, Co-Artistic Directors of CMS, in residency for all three weekends, audiences will experience the return of the Escher Quartet, plus debut appearances by four artists including Chinese violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, British flutist Adam Walker, Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova and renowned American cellist Keith Robinson.