Editor’s Note: The details were originally released here in late March. Limited tickets remain for three out of the “SPAC On Stage” Series. The August 20 show – Black Violin – is completely sold out.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Featuring a unique seating arrangement that transforms the SPAC amphitheater into an intimate concert experience, where the entire audience is placed onstage with the artists, looking out into the theater – Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s popular “SPAC on Stage” series will return for a second year. The series takes place on four consecutive Monday evenings – August 6, 13, 20 and 27 – and showcases acclaimed ensembles whose artistry crosses both classical and contemporary genres, including Russian Renaissance, Nu Deco Ensemble, Black Violin and H’SAO. All performances begin at 8 p.m.
“This year’s line-up represents both an eclectic mix of genres and cultural diversity, bringing vibrant musicians to Saratoga from different parts of the world,” Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC. “Black Violin who were unable to perform last year due to the hurricane will bring their stereotype-challenging presence across classical, hip-hop, rock and R+B genres. Russian Renaissance, Nu Deco Ensemble and H’SAO will also surprise audiences with their electrifying and genre-crossing performances.”
With an onstage seating capacity of 350, Ms. Sobol noted that “ticket availability will be limited; last season we sold out every performance and expect demand to be high again this year.”
SPAC on Stage artists include:
Russian Renaissance – August 6
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, Russian Renaissance 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.
Nu Deco Ensemble – August 13
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.
Black Violin – August 20 SOLD OUT
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.
H’SAO – August 27
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.
Tickets to “SPAC on Stage” are $50 or $40, depending on location, and are be available at spac.org.