SPAC Announces Four SPAC On Stage Concerts


Following a successful inaugural series in 2017, Saratoga Performing Arts Center presents the sophomore season of the SPAC On Stage concert series with four upcoming performances slated for Monday evenings in August.

The series features a unique arrangement that seats the audience onstage with the performers to create an intimate concert experience, showcasing acclaimed musical ensembles whose artistry spans both classical and contemporary genres. There’s a capacity of just 350 for the special onstage seating arrangement, so ticket availability is limited. Last season every performance was sold out.

Priced at $40 & $50, tickets to the SPAC on Stage concerts will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday, April 2.

Here’s the schedule of concerts for the 2018 SPAC On Stage concert series:

Monday, August 6, 8pm
After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition (the largest prize for chamber music in the world), Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. Through stunning performances of everything from tango to folk to jazz,
the four-piece ensemble is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion and balalaika contrabasso) and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide.

Monday, August 13, 8pm
Based in Miami, Nu Deco Ensemble is a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra group designed for the 21st century. Through exciting and adventurous classical music performances, Nu Deco Ensemble presents various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues. Working in conjunction with local Miami musicians, composers, DJs, dancers, visual and media artists, Nu Deco Ensemble creates a new hybrid of compelling musical and multi-media experiences. Blending masterful musicianship with a wide range of repertoire from classical to pop, Nu Deco Ensemble strives to be a leader in genre-bending musical exploration.

Monday, August 20, 8pm
Over the last decade, Black Violin has risen to fame with a style of music that combines classical, hip-hop and R&B. Performing an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, the musicians have appeared at President Obama’s Inaugural and three Super Bowls. They’ve also
collaborated with a who’s who of music superstars, including Kanye West, The Eagles, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and Aretha Franklin. In 2015, the band released their major label debut Stereotypes which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The duo has been profiled extensively by
the media, including by NPR’s Morning Edition.

Monday, August 27, 8pm
Montréal-based band from Chad, H’SAO is known for its unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences. H’SAO has traveled the world delivering electrifying performances, launching three innovative albums and, most of all, developing a musical signature that spans several genres and thus transcends the “world music” category. Onstage, the band sets itself apart through energetic performances, punctuated by catchy choreography and warm interactions with audiences.

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