A very tasty new addition to this summer’s concert schedule at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs is the return of banjo master Bela Fleck.
Review by Cathy DeDe
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Reprinted with permission from The Glens Falls Chronicle
We here at The Chronicle — like many of our readers — have been following Tony DeSare’s career from his teenaged gigs at local joints to the big time outings with Don Rickles, Bucky Pizarelli, Joe Piscopo, at Carnegie Hall and around the globe.
So, what’s one more feather in the cap of this 36-year-old Hudson Falls graduate, valedictorian of his class of 1994, someone we regularly refer to as a “rising star” on the international jazz-standards scene?
Yet, there was a little thread of a buzz Friday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, local-to-local making eye contact on the lawn, in the amphitheater, bumping into familiar hometown folks as the sizable crowd swelled despite the rain.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is winding down its annual three-week summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs with special guest performances this week by violinist Joshua Bell on Wednesday (August 15) and cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Thursday (August 16).
And kicking off its final Spa City performances of the 2012 season this weekend, the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Steven Reineke will present a special pops concert at 8pm on Friday (August 17) with featured guest artists Montego Glover and Tony DeSare. Singer Glover earned a Tony nomination for her show-stopping performance in the hit Broadway musical, “Memphis.” And for jazz singer-pianist DeSare, the show will be something of a homecoming concert, as he was born in Glens Falls and raised in Hudson Falls, a 1994 graduate of Hudson Falls High School.
What happens when you combine a symphony orchestra with a circus?
Lots of fun and daring-do, both musically and athletically, that’s what…
Cirque de la Symphonie wowed the crowds in Saratoga Springs when they joined the Philadelphia Orchestra on stage for wild ‘n’ woolly performances in each of the past two summer seasons. (Read our review – and see the stunning photos.)
Well, they’re doing it again at 8pm on Friday evening (August 3) for one night only at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Stéphane Denève conducting, and you won’t want to miss it.
In addition to the dazzling musical and circus performances, Friday night is also Family Night, and from 6-8pm, SPAC will be offering a free pre-show celebration featuring strolling magicians, free Stewarts ice cream, free balloon animals, chalk contests, family games and more.
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In the evening’s program Marsalis tackled two modern concertos under the baton of 41-year-old guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, the music director of the Nashville Symphony.
Debussy’s delicate “Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun” started the ball rolling for the evening. Guerrero’s impassioned leadership coaxed a near-perfect rendition from the orchestra, as did selections from Bizet’s “Carmen,” including the widely popular “Bohemian Dance.”
With the advent of contemporary composer John William’s “Escapades, for alto saxophone and orchestra,” from the film score of Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” vibraphonist Chris Deviney and double bassist Hal Robinson moved to the front of the stage, creating a jazz nucleus within the greater orchestra.
Get ‘em when they’re young and they’re yours for life: this Friday, July 29, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, conducted by Charles Dutoit and narrated by Saratoga Springs native David Hyde Pierce. It’s an exciting, fun and child-friendly way to introduce your young (and not-so-young) loved ones to the sonic magic that the world-class Philadelphia Orchestra brings to SPAC every summer.
Fans the symphony are quite accustomed to soaking up the sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra during August when the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the orchestra’s summer home.
Now those same fans will be able to keep up with the Philly Orch during the winter months as well, thanks to the series of satellite broadcasts of their performances that will be beamed into Proctors in Schenectady.
The five concert series of performances will be screened in HD in Proctors’ GE Theatre, beginning at 2pm on Monday, December 13. Admission to each concert broadcast at Proctors is $18; seniors and students $16.
Here’s the schedule of performances: