Saratoga Performing Arts Center Announces Summer Schedule

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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has released details of its 2006 season, including the annual residencies of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra.

The season opens on June 24 with a weekend jazz festival and runs through September 9. New York City Ballet appears July 5-July 22; the Philadelphia Orchestra appears July 22-August 12.

SPAC will also host performances by Lake George Opera, including the company's staging of Ned Rorem's new opera Our Town; the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival; and a season-ending Food and Wine Festival.

NYCB's performances will include Peter Martins' version of Swan Lake and mixed programs including new works by Christopher Wheeldon and Bolshoi Ballet director Alexey Ratmansky.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's residency will open with a concert featuring pianist Peter Serkin and led by Rafael Fr‹hbeck de Burgos. Other conductors include Charles Dutoit, who has led the orchestra's SPAC concerts since 1990; Marvin Hamlisch; pops specialist Erich Kunzel; and Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach, conducting at SPAC for the first time. Soloists include violinists Sarah Chang and Gil Shaham, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianists Jonathan Biss, Andr_ Watts, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

The Saratoga Chamber Music Festival will include a celebration of Watts' 60th birthday, in which he will perform with composer Bright Sheng, and an all-Shostakovich program featuring Thibaudet.

Lake George Opera's performance of Our Town on July 1 will mark the opera's professional premiere. It receives its world premiere tomorrow at Indiana University.

SPAC is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, 30 miles north of Albany. For more information, visit

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