For over five decades, Lorin Maazel has been one of the world's most esteemed and sought-after conductors. Maestro Maazel recently completed his seventh and final season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues, now in his fourth season, as the inaugural Music Director of the spectacular, Santiago Calatrava-designed opera house in Valencia, Spain, the Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia" and as the founder and Artistic Director of new festival, the Castleton Festival, launched to exceptional acclaim in 2009.
BSO principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and holds the Walter Piston Principal Flute Chair. Prior to joining the BSO, Ms. Rowe held titled positions with the orchestras of Fort Wayne, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.
The Hall of Springs offers a seasonal restaurant during the classical performance series here at SPAC in the summer. The Saratoga Wine and Food and Fall Ferrari Festival is SPAC’s largest fundraiser and the fastest growing food and wine festival in the northeast. This year’s festival is just over a month from now - September 7, 8 & 9th. We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and hospitality expert extraordinaire - Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality and Shelia Burke, the Wine Director for Mazzone Hospitality.
Next Wednesday marks the SPAC conducting debut of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s music director designate. Nezet-Seguin also conducts an Italian Opera Night Aug. 9, and a program titled “Masterpieces Past and Present" on Aug. 10.
Cirque de la Symphonie brings the art and athleticism of cirque to the concert music hall. Tonight, Cirque le la Symphonie performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC as part of the CDPHP Family Night Series. We are joined now by Executive Director and Producer Bill Allen, and performers Christine Van Loo and Dariusz Wronski.
Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. Tonight, he will conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Cirque de la Symphonie Family Night concert in the SPAC Amphitheatre.
We are joined at SPAC by Lesley Leduc, Public Affairs Coordinator for Yaddo and Richard McCann, author of Mother of Sorrows. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University and also serves on the Board of Directors of the PEN Faulkner Foundation and is a Member of the Corporation of Yaddo.