For Philadelphia Orchestra’s Saratoga PAC return: Bach, Beethoven, Coleman, Farrenc, Frank, Mozart, Price

Posted on: August 11, 2021

“The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday for a four-day residency under music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin,” writes Geraldine Freedman in Sunday’s (8/8) Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY). “ ‘We’re looking … to expand our repertoire and vision and sense of social responsibility as a civic arts organization,’ said concertmaster David Kim. ‘It’s important to embrace that and … to include many new works … by women, people of color, overlooked composers.’ … SPAC audiences will get several premieres from such composers as Florence Price (1887-1953) … Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) … and living composers Valerie Coleman and the orchestra’s composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank…. Coleman’s piece, ‘Seven O’Clock Shout,’ will be performed on Aug. 12…. Selections from [Gabriela Lena Frank’s] ‘Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout’ for string orchestra will be performed Aug. 13…. This piece … blends elements from the Western classical with Andean folk music traditions…. Besides the new works, there will be familiar soloists: principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto…. Kim will join with Juliette Kang, the first associate concertmaster … for Bach’s Double Concerto; and violinist Joshua Bell will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto…. All concerts will be about 90 minutes with no intermission. Social distancing will be maintained.”