The New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will return for their summer residencies at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The 2017 SPAC Classical Season will feature something for everyone, from fans of world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to aspiring Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The dynamic 2017 lineup integrates classical repertoire with new artist debuts, SPAC premieres, and a special “Philadelphia for Families” series.
The NYC Ballet will be in residence from July 5 -15 and feature story ballets that include timeless classics like Swan Lake and Firebird. These classic story ballets will be juxtaposed with premieres by Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck. The 2017 SPAC Summer Gala performance, themed “The Rhythm of Romance,” will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 and feature three pieces set to scores by Richard Rodgers.
Che Malambo, an all-male Argentinian dance company will take the stage at SPAC on July 20 to perform traditional South American Malambo. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song with strong roots in the gaucho history of 17th century duels that tested agility, strength, and dexterity.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will be in residence at SPAC from August 2-19. For the first time ever, their residence will present a series of three cultural festivals: Russian, American, and French. During the American Festival, celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform with the orchestra on August 9. The orchestra will also feature a Night at the Opera on August 19 with lead singers from The Metropolitan Opera. Distinct from the cultural festivals, the “Philadelphia for Families” series will include performances of Cirque de la Symphonie, Sophisticated Ladies, and two film nights: E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center also returns to the Spa Little Theater in August with a lineup of six concerts from August 6-22. The CMS will play favorites from Beethoven, Schubert, Sibelius, Mozart, and more.
Tickets will be available starting February 21 at 10 am online.