Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit Open 2007 Season at Saratoga

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The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its annual August season in the North Country of New York state this evening, with a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center featuring that favorite work for celebratory occasions, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Conducting will be Charles Dutoit, who has since 1991 been music director of the orchestra's summer residency at SPAC. (In February, The Swiss maestro was named the Philadelphia Orchestra's chief conductor, beginning with the 2008-09 season, to fill the gap following the departure of music director Christoph Eschenbach at the end of next season.) Dutoit will lead ten (actually 9½) of the 12 concerts the Philadelphians give in Saratoga Springs from tonight through August 18.

Tomorrow evening, popular Cincinnati Pops conductor Erich Kunzel leads a program called "Broadway Rocks," featuring selections from the musicals Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Movin' Out, Hairspray, The Lion King, Chicago and others. And on Saturday, August 11, Philadelphia Orchestra conductor in residence Luis Biava presides over a special family matinee program titled "Music, Magic and Mischief," including such favorites as Dukas's The Sorceror's Apprentice and Saint-SaêŠns's Carnival of the Animals.

The remaining concerts led by Dutoit at SPAC this summer include:

  • Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello, featuring the Capu‹on brothers (Aug. 3).

  • Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with Emanuel Ax, Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements and Ravel's Daphnis et Chlo_ Suite No. 2 (Aug. 4).

  • Yo-Yo Ma in the First Cello Concertos of Shostakovich and Saint-SaêŠns, along with Debussy's La Mer (Aug. 8).

  • Itzhak Perlman in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, along with Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Elgar's "Enigma" Variations (Aug. 9).

  • A "Fiesta Latina," with music by Astor Piazzolla, Spanish-themed works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Chabrier, and Ravel's Bolero (Aug. 10).

  • Joshua Bell playing Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, plus Tchaikovsky's "Path_tique" Symphony (No. 6) (Aug. 15).

  • A "Tchaikovsky Spectacular," including the Piano Concerto No. 1 with Kirill Gerstein, the Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra with Steven Isserlis, and the 1812 Overture with live cannons and fireworks (Aug. 16).

  • Krzysztof Penderecki conducting his own Symphony No. 2, with Dutoit taking the podium for the Grieg Piano Concerto with Andr_ Watts (Aug. 17).

  • At the eason finale, Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Chopin's Second Piano Concerto and Dutoit leading Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique (Aug. 18).

Information on and tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2007 summer season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are available at

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