Edward Villella, one of the most celebrated American male dancers in history, will be a special guest at the “The Ruby Ball” ballet gala Saturday, July 13, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The gala, a fundraiser to support New York City Ballet’s Saratoga season, will feature a performance of Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a role that Villella originated in 1967 while at New York City Ballet.

On June 14 Farm Aid announced that its annual benefit concert will, for the first time, be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Today the concert lineup was announced: artists slated to perform include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists include Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. 

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup for the 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world.

Two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz comes to Saratoga at the end of June. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White says this year's roster of artists is nothing short of electrifying.

The jazz festival will be held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The festival will be topped off by a fireworks display

The Saratoga Wine and Food and Fall Ferrari Festival is one of the fastest growing Wine and Food festivals in the Northeast. This year’s festival takes place September 7th through the 9th at SPAC.

Master wine connoisseur, Kevin Zraly, will participate in the event and he joins us now.

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.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College opened in October of 2000. There is always a lot going on at The Tang – for instance - in July they opened Dance/Draw – an exhibition that explores how developments in visual art and dance began, and how they have shaped the art of today. It will be on display through December 30th. Ian Berry is out guest - he is the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator at The Tang.

Johannes Moser is a German-Canadian cellist who has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras and will be making his SPAC debut this weekend with two performances.

We welcome Jim Rossi, co-owner of Saratoga Polo Club - and he gives us a lesson on the sport of kings.

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.

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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.