Posts Tagged ‘SPAC’

SPAC Rock Festival Line-Up Announced

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A month and a half ago we announced that the heavy metal headbanging Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was scheduled to return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 1:10pm on Wednesday, July 23.

There have been lots of rumors swirling about who’s going to be on the bill, but the line-up of bands slated to perform at the fest wasn’t officially revealed until today:



Discounted Tickets to SPAC a Find for Early Birds [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Dance, Jazz, Classical and Chamber music are all part of the Saratoga Performing Arts Festival in 2014.

Dance, Jazz, Classical and Chamber music are all part of the Saratoga Performing Arts Festival in 2014.

Tickets for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 2014 classical season went on sale to the public online earlier this week.

And for early birds, those who can order ahead, there are savings to be had.

For one month only, from March 18 until April 18, individuals who purchase tickets online for amphitheater seating to evening ballet or orchestra performances will receive a 10% discount by using coupon code EARLYBIRD; those who are SPAC members are entitled to even larger discounts of 15 to 20% depending on membership level.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra @ SPAC, August 6-23, 2014 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

A dynamic line-up of internationally-renowned classical soloists, famed guest conductors, star-studded pops evenings and exciting premieres will highlight the 2014 residency of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, August 6–23. Highlights of the season include: conducting appearances by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the acclaimed Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra; the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, a multi-media work featuring Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen; classical superstars including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeremy Denk and Alison Balsom; an American Songbook Opening Night; and a Broadway extravaganza with Tony Award nominees Stephanie Block and Andrew Rannells. Sharing the podium with Nézet-Séguin during the season will be a stellar cast of guest conductors including Bramwell Tovey, Cristian Macelaru, Steven Reineke and Stéphane Denève.

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SPAC’s New York City Ballet Schedule, July 8-12 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The New York City Ballet @ SPAC

New York City Ballet, one of the world’s foremost dance companies, will present a diverse repertory of 14 stunning ballets during its 2014 summer season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), July 8–12. Showcased during the residency will be iconic works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as contemporary ballets by acclaimed 21st century choreographers including Peter Martins, Mauro Bigonzetti, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. Highlights of the program include the Saratoga premiere of the newest collaboration from Justin Peck and Sufjan Stevens; a Gala tribute to Great Britain featuring the Saratoga premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Acheron; the return of several ballets not seen at SPAC in many years including Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza, Bigonzetti’s Vespro, Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations and Robbins’s Glass Pieces.

“New York City Ballet’s unparalleled commitment to new choreography will take center stage at SPAC this summer as the company presents a gorgeous program that intertwines classics by Balanchine and Robbins with modern day masterworks by a range of contemporary choreographers, both emerging and established,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President and Executive Director. “The breadth and brilliance of this program is quintessential New York City Ballet,” she added. “Nearly 50 years after our Opening Season, it remains a tremendous privilege for SPAC to host this revered company on our summer stage; we are looking forward to an extraordinary 2014.”

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Martha Graham Dancers to Bring Copland and Stravinsky Spring-Themed Masterpieces to SPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Two dueling Masterpieces of Spring – Appalachian Spring and The Rite of Spring – each celebrate milestone anniversaries in 2014. And so, the two Martha Graham works based on each composition will share the bill on an unusual June 12 program at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Appalachian Spring, created jointly by Graham and composer Aaron Copland in 1944 and The Rite of Spring, created in 1984 to Stravinsky’s groundbreaking work, will each have their SPAC debut when the Martha Graham Dance Company takes the stage at SPAC for a one-night-only engagement. The two classics will be joined by a third to-be-announced new work from the company’s spring season in New York.

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SPAC Concert Updates for 2014

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

15-time Grammy Award-winner Itzhak Perlman has been announced as the special guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, August 20. Perlman will be doing double duty for the evening – playing violin on Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, as well as taking the podium to conduct the orchestra. Tickets will go on sale to SPAC members in February and to the general public in March.

Meanwhile, the Lew Tabackin Trio is the first act to be announced for the 2014 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. The flutist-saxman and his band – bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Mark Taylor – are slated to perform on the Gazebo stage on Saturday, June 28, the first day of the two-day fest.

Philip B. Livingston Named to SPAC’s Board of Directors

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Philip B. Livingston

Philip B. Livingston

SPAC has announced that Philip B. Livingston has been named as the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. Livingston previously served as CEO of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell from 2009 to 2013.

But Livingston also has some theater experience. He was Chief Financial Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) from 2003-2005.

And if things get hot and heavy at a SPAC board meeting, you’re probably not going to want to tangle with Livingston, who earned a Super Bowl Championship ring as an offensive tackle with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders back in 1981.

Livingston will be replacing Larry King of Saratoga Springs – president and CEO of King Wealth Management – who has been a board member since 2006.

LIVE: Farm Aid @ SPAC, 9/21/13

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Pete-Seeger (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Pete Seeger (center) with John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Martin Benjamin, Donna Fitzgerald, Stanley Johnson

It wasn’t the musical highlight of last Saturday’s Farm Aid celebration/festival/fundraiser at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, but it was certainly the emotional heart of the day. Introduced by John Mellencamp, surprise guest Pete Seeger ambled out on stage with his longneck banjo in hand.

“Friends, at age 94 I don’t have much voice left, but here’s a song I think you know. And, if you sing it, why, we’ll make a good sound,” he said, picking his banjo and launching into a sing-along rendition of “If I Had a Hammer.” Then he invited the rest of the Farm Aid headliners/board of directors – Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews – out onstage to help him to lead the crowd through Woody Guthrie’s classic, “This Land Is Your Land.” Seeger closed out the song by adding a new and timely verse that ended with the lyric, “New York was meant to be frack-free.”

The 94-year-old Seeger’s voice was little more than a cracked whisper, and he had to refer to his notes to be sure that he got all of the superstars names right when he introduced them, but it was nonetheless a magical moment.

Led by Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans, Nippertown’s own the Parlor kicked off Farm Aid at 12noon with a high-spirited set on the Homegrown Stage, as they launched into nuggets like “Tear Down the Coastline” and “The Snake in the Woodpile” (with Krans seemingly channeling the late Jeff Buckley) before bringing out B3nson Family members Adam and Alex Muro and Lou Apicello to add some horn-fueled fire to the psychedelic swirl of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”


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