A wealth of opportunities will be available to the public as the Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its traditional three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Heart from July 27 through Wednesday, August 13. Not only several premieres and two films, world-renowned soloists and conventional masterpieces, but also debuts of instrumentalists, singers and even conductor.
“This will be my first SPAC performance,” said Erina Yashima, the orchestra’s personal assistant conductor, which will open the season. “I was at SPAC last year, but I didn’t manage. And these two concerts (July 27, 28) are also my last live performance for the Philadelphia Orchestra. I’m going back to Germany.
This isn’t the first time local audiences have seen Yashima in motion as he leads the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherazade” in January. It was just one of many orchestras he led after working with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ricardo Muti and Philadelphia Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin in recent times. However, these two SPAC appointments can have some challenges.
On opening night, she will perform with Ballet X, a modern ballet troupe from Philadelphia, in Valerie Coleman’s “Umoja.” Each is a primary for Yashima.
“I worked with the dancers in the opera to see where they were going, so it will be fascinating,” he said. “But it’s definitely the first time I’ve learned the notes with a piece like any other, but I’m trying to understand the language of music and it takes longer. Especially to see how it works with current music. It is important to dive in to find out.
The following night, he will work with Time for Three on the East Coast premiere of Kevin Places’ “Contact.”
“I’m very excited to work with them, but I won’t see them until rehearsal.” “It’s going to be quite powerful because the track is not straight. They have complicated rhythms. It will be quite difficult, but fortunately the orchestra has a typical trace of the work because they recorded it with them.
Yashima leaves for Berlin to assume the position of second-in-command of the Komische Oper Berlin. He received the job after the second round of auditions, where he played Mozart’s “Magic Flute” without rehearsal.
Yet I grew up with opera and every cell is stuffed with it. I went into the pit and went from there. The orchestra was amazed at their response and everything went well. It had to be in the second and I won,” Yashima said.
As for Time for Three, the three guys are very excited to be at SPAC again. Comprised of violinists Zachary DePue and Nick Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer, the group grew from jam lessons after orchestral rehearsals at the Curtis Institute in 2001. DePue has since left and Charles Yang joined in 2016.
“We never thought we could have a career like the one we have,” Kendall joked.
The trio travels around the world enjoying and even singing everything from classical to pop, ragtime to blues or bluegrass, mixing this with a beautiful and refined instrumental method in addition to humor, schmaltz and attraction.
“We’re pretty busy and we’ve barely gotten home,” Meyer said. “But we make sure to have a life outside of TF3. It’s a puzzle piece. »
They searched a bit when DePue decided to leave.
“We are going to look for curious musicians who take responsibility like us. . .for a unique voice and palette and related collaboration with composers who communicate our language,” Meyer said.
For about 9 months they worked with Nikki Chooi, who left to work as a conductor for a year with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. But they had heard of Yang’s films and, after inviting him to perform with them, determined two hours later that he was “a musically enjoyable fantasy actor,” Kendall said. Native viewers might remember Yang’s solo performance with the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Proctors in 2016 when he wowed the band. Yang said he had “finally found a job” after the offer from TF3.
As for the piece Places, the composer appeared on a few live TF3 broadcasts and shared what he heard, Kendall said. Yang mentioned that Places gives everyone moments to shine. The glue is there. There are good harmonies.
During the first week, an evening of romantic singing with violinist Joshua Bell and his wife, soprano Larisa Martinez (July 29); “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (July 30); famous singer Ledisi pays tribute to the marvel of jazz piano Nina Simone (August 3); pianist Lara Downes premieres Florence Worth’s piano concerto at SPAC (August 4); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (August 5) in the cello concerto by Saint Saëns; “The Princess Bride” (August 6).
Nezet-Seguin returns with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on August 10. Afterwards, on August 11, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, violinist and Itzhak Perlman protege Randall Goosby performs Bruch’s Concerto in his SPAC debut.
Goosby said: “I’m so excited. Luckily I’ve played Bruch before but this is my first time with an orchestra. However, the Philly sound is famous and Bruch is so emotional and passionate. The orchestra will play like gold.
Goosby has received numerous awards since his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13. One was to start working with Perlman as part of Juilliard’s pre-college division. He is now 24 and continues to work with the good violinist.
“As an instructor, she’s very open and sincere,” Goosby said. “He was very helpful with the fundamentals of my profession. It has nothing to do with what he has to deal with, but I get helpful answers to all my questions, especially about what repertoire to listen to. It is still in place. It’s a value for me to have him in my corner.
Because he was so young in public, the phrase “superior” was generally ridiculed.
“But we never used it at my house. We called it the “p” phrase so I don’t take myself critically and keep it in perspective. . .to concentrate and deepen the music. “I’m still getting used to work,” he said.
His first CD, “Roots”, recently released on the Decca label, pays homage to African-American composers.
The week continues as Angel Blue sings Coleman and Barber (August 12) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ends its residency on August 13 with a fireworks display.
WHEN: July 27 – August 13 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Saratoga Performing Arts Heart
MORE INFORMATION: www.spac.org; 518 584-9330
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