Saratoga Performing Arts Center will kick off their 2018 season with a performance by the National Ballet of Cuba. It will be the ballet’s first visit to SPAC and Saratoga will be 1 of only 5 US cities where troupe performs this summer. “The National Ballet of Cuba brings Alicia Alonso’s legendary choreographic version of Giselle, along with a company whose style is infused with an energy, passion and vigor that is completely unique to Cuba,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC. “This is a cultural coup for Upstate New York and we are delighted to share this new experience with our audiences.”
Sobol who took over at SPAC in the fall of 2016, has focused on adding diversity to SPAC’s performers and appealing to a wider audience.
There will be three performances of Giselle starting on June 6th at 8 PM, June 7th at 2 PM, and June 8th at 8 PM.
The New York City Ballet will return on July 17 and 18 for performances of All Balanchine. They’ll perform Romeo + Juliet on July 19, 20, and 21.
On July 21 at 8 PM, the NYCB will honor the centennial celebration of the birth of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein with performances of Four Seasons, New Peck, Other Dances, and Something to Dance About.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will call SPAC Home from August 1 to 18 showcasing a variety of pieces.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will take up residency at SPAC from August 5-12.
Cinema Saturdays @ SPAC will debut on August 4 at 8 PM with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing live to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. On August 11, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform along to Star Wars: A New Hope. Finally, on August 18 famed violinist Joshua Bell will perform the soundtrack to Red Violin alongside the film.
For more on SPAC’s full schedule visit spac.org.