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Saratoga Performing Arts Center

SPAC announced the capital campaign at its annual meeting Wednesday, intending it to coincide with the organization’s 50th anniversary season.

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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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Renowned American composer Michael Torke, who has produced pieces for the Atlanta Olympic games, Disney, and penned numerous operas, is premiering a new work with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer.

  Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp is in our region for the next 6-weeks for the Capital District/Hudson Valley Pathways To Dance Initiative. The project, supported by a $90,000 grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council, is designed to support dance programs and performance at ten venues in eight upstate counties.

A work-in-progress showcase will occur April 16 at the Catskill Mountain Foundation's Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center in Tannserville, with a premiere set for June 30th at SPAC.

Joe Donahue interviewed Twyla Tharp about her legendary career and upcoming projects in a conversation before a LIVE audience at Page Hall in Albany.

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On Tuesday, legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp joined representatives from the Catskill Mountain Foundation, Proctors, and Saratoga Performing Arts Center to announce Pathways To Dance. The initiative, supported by a $90,000 grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council,  is designed to support dance programs and performance at ten venues in eight upstate counties.

As part of the program, Tharp will revisit two repertory dances and create a new work at a six-week Catskills residency. Tharp says she wants to create an evening that's easy to understand.

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There’s been a major shakeup at one of our region’s most important arts organizations. Marcia White, President and Executive Director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, recently announced her retirement effective at the conclusion of SPAC’s upcoming 50th season.

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Executive director Marcia White, who has served Saratoga Performing Arts Center for 11 years, announced her retirement Friday, saying the upcoming 50th season will be her last.

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The two-day 39th annual Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival will begin Saturday, June 25th.

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Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti is a Grammy Award-winning composer and musician who, in his words, is on a non-stop tour. Coming off a lengthy string of performances in New York City, Botti is set to leave for a world tour.

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The 15th Annual Saratoga Wine and Food Festival & Concours d'Elegance kicks off this weekend. 

Our region is remembering a man who helped to tell its story. Ed Lewi, who was press director of the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980 and did p.r. for Saratoga Race Course for decades, died Saturday at 81.

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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.

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Guitarist Jason Vieaux is performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on August 16 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Jason was the 2015 Grammy Winner for Best Classical Instrumental Album, for his CD Play.

At the age of 36, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser is a celebrated musician who has performed with orchestras around the world.

  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.

  The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey from September 11-13.

The festival provides over 250 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, along with one-of-a kind seminars. Proceeds from the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival benefit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's children's education program.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

  This week, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announced a new upcoming exhibition entitled Dismantling The House, which opens Friday, August 21, and runs through October 18.

Ian Berry is the Director of The Tang and joins us now to tell us more about that and to fill us in on all other things Tang – including their UpBeat on the Roof summer concert series.

  Longtime local journalist Thomas Dimopoulos has a new book out this summer, Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss.

It is a collection of short stories and photographs that weaves in an exclusive timeline of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to tell the story of Saratoga.

Dimopoulos has worked as a journalist in Saratoga since 1998, including more than a decade as an award-winning staff writer at The Post-Star, The Saratogian and Saratoga Wire.

  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.

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  SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White is joining us here to talk about what is happening at SPAC, and what they’ve got planned for the future.

Marcia White was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005, and has overseen a major renovation of the theater during the first years of her tenure and has ensured the continuation of SPAC staples: the Ballet, the Jazz Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra.

  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.

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New York City Ballet soloist and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck’s 'Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes is being performed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center tonight at 8 p.m. on the main stage.

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The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is currently performing across the Northeast as part of its 2015 Atlantic Coast tour. The group known for its long history and varied repertoire is making a rare visit to Saratoga Performing Arts Center Monday, June 29th. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with   General Manager Scott Barrick.

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May 29, 2015

  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, located in the historic resort town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, has established a reputation as one of America’s most prestigious summer arts festivals. Its tranquil setting in a 2,400-acre park preserve surrounded by hiking trails, geysers, and natural mineral springs draws vacation crowds and arts connoisseurs each year to SPAC’s summer programming.

This week, Saratoga Performing Arts Center unveiled details of another summer of events. With two new elected board members and a 50th anniversary on the horizon, SPAC’s season features returning favorites and brand new performances. SPAC Executive Director Marcia White caught up with Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard at the venue.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the 2015 season of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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The arts and Saratoga Springs have a long history together, but talk today was all about the future. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Saratoga Springs to put a spotlight on the city’s push for federal funding to develop a city-wide arts initiative.

New York State Police will have a greater presence at Saratoga Performing Arts Center after a recent sexual assault at the venue.

State police will increase security as investigations continue on a sexual assault that took place at a concert on August 12th. SPAC is located within the Saratoga Spa State Park.

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