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.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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.


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.