The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the best classical music ensembles performing in America today. Maestro Charles Dutoit is one of a handful of the best of the best conductors in the world. And Yo-Yo Ma is now ensconced on the cello throne vacated by the greatest masters of the instrument that ever lived: Mstislav Rostropovich and Pablo Casals.
Put these three elements together, and you have the classical equivalent of a superstar rock band featuring the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Eric Clapton all on the same stage at the same time.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening night with Yo-Yo Ma at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 2010 Summer Concert Series was nothing short of spectacular.