Philadelphia Orchestra

David Finckel and Wu Han
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

  Wu Han and David Finckel join us to talk about their performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC and the final two concerts this season to be performed by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the Spa Little Theater. 

Renée Fleming
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  This Thursday at 8pm the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will take the stage at SPAC and be joined - for her first time at that venue - by opera star, Renée Fleming.

Ms. Fleming joins us to discuss that concert, travel, language, and her role as Kennedy Center Artistic Partner.

  The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Musical America’s 2016 Artist of the Year and newly appointed Music Director of The Metropolitan Opera, returns to SPAC for the final week of the orchestra's summer residency. 

He joins us to talk about this week's concerts in Saratoga.

**Correction - in the audio introduction of this interview it is said that Andre Watts will perform - sadly he has had to cancel. The opening concert will feature Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek.

  The Philadelphia Orchestra will present Sophisticated Ladies on Saturday, August 13th at SPAC. The concert is a celebration of the groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Dinah Washington and of course, Billie Holiday. Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and N'Kenge will join the orchestra to sing songs like "Strike Up the Band," "Stormy Weather," "Love is Here to Stay," and "Come Rain or Come Shine."<p>

Steven Reineke will conduct and he joins us to talk about the concert.

  The puppeteers that brought the world the unforgettable Broadway Musical War Horse will once again amaze audiences as they bring to life the timeless Russian fairytale ballet "The Firebird."

SPAC, along with the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Ravinia Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl — has commissioned the South Africa-based puppet company Janni Younge Productions to create a live puppet performance set to Igor Stravinsky’s 1910 masterpiece.

  Internationally acclaimed composer Michael Torke has been commissioned by SPAC, Charles and Candace Wait and The Adirondack Trust Company to create an orchestral work for The Philadelphia Orchestra to premiere during the 2016 anniversary celebration.

Torke's longtime connections to SPAC and Saratoga are deeply personal as he is a nine-time resident of Yaddo, an artists' community providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The piece is entitled Unconquered and will be performed --for the first time-- on Friday, August 5 performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Stéphane Denève.

  On August 3, 2016, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present Hannibal Lokumbe’s work for full orchestra, soloists and choir, “One Land, One River, One People,” on the Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s SPAC residency. SPAC’s program will be only the second complete performance of the work which was commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work had its world premiere in November 2015 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Described by the composer Hannibal Lokumbe as a “spiritorio,” a term that encompasses the work’s libretto and choir elements and its influences from blues, jazz and spirituals, the work speaks to the universality of human struggle, injustice and ultimately, spirituality.

Vocal accompaniment for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance will be provided by soprano Laquita Mitchell, tenor Rodrick Dixon, and combined choirs of Morgan State University and Albany Pro Musica. Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the performance.

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American composer Michael Torke has just finished writing a new piece of music to commemorate Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary.

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  Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber music, orchestral music, sacred music, opera, ballet, and music for collaborators across a variety of fields.

Earlier this year The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin premiered a commissioned piece from Muhly entitled “Mixed Messages.”

They will be playing it this Saturday night at SPAC in a program that also includes works by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.

  Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. We first met him a few years ago at Tanglewood and he has been one of our favorite guests ever since.

Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists and is also a conductor of opera – having worked at the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Netherlands Opera, Cincinnati Opera and with many other phenomenal companies around the world.

  Since the 1960’s, Marvin Laird has conducted and/or written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End Shows, including the award-winning production of Annie Get Your Gun, and the 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy, both starring Ms. Bernadette Peters who he will perform with on the SPAC stage tonight. In the early Sixties, he was assistant conductor for a National tour of Gypsy, which also featured a child actress named … Bernadette Peters. The rest is history.

Footnotes to that history include Mr. Laird’s writing dance music for two Academy Award films, Hello, Dolly and New York, New York, scoring Dynasty, The Love Boat and Quincy. His musical, Ruthless! – co-written with Joel Paley is currently running off-Broadway.

Marvin Laird will be on stage with Ms. Peters tonight – as will drummer Cubby O’Brien. Cubby has been playing drums for Bernadette Peters since 1968. He’s also accompanied numerous other mega-talents including Debbie Reynolds, Connie Francis, Ben Vereen, and many others. Oh, and he was an original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club.

  Allison Vulgamore is the president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Since 2010 she has guided The Philadelphia Orchestra through a radically changing cultural environment and financial landscape.

Through that, the orchestra has maintained its artistic excellence and core principles.

Some particular feathers in her cap include the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the appointment of Charles Dutoit as conductor laureate.

  Robert Cafaro played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985.

He is an avid soloist and chamber musician and has performed recitals and appeared as a soloist in major cities of the world. An active teacher as well, Mr. Cafaro has been on the cello faculty of the University of Virginia, the Philadelphia College of Bible, the College of New Jersey, the Hartwick Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, Strings International, and the Summer Strings Seminar in Rhinebeck, NY.

He has been a member of the Rachmaninov Trio since 2003. 

He joins us to talk about music and the orchestra, as well as his overcoming multiple sclerosis.

  We kick-off this morning’s SPAC broadcast with Violinist David Kim.

David has been the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

He will be giving the pre-performance talk tonight at 7PM before the 8PM opening with Bernadette Peters.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs has announced the 2014 residency of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  

      Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

David Kim will, of course, perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra here at SPAC AND will participate in the SPAC Chamber Music Festival this Sunday. He will present, as part of a quintet, a program entitled “Night In Day” which will feature pieces by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Brahms.