SPAC marks racetrack’s 150th year
SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Performing Arts Center will pay tribute to the 150th Anniversary of Saratoga Race Course by presenting the world premiere of an original orchestral composition by Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour on Aug. 8, 2013.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the new piece, whose commission was sponsored by Saratoga 150 Committee Chair Charles V. Wait and his wife, Candace.
“Saratoga Springs owes so much of its remarkable history, development and success to the presence of Saratoga Race Course,” Marcia J. White, SPAC’s president an d executive director, said in a press release.
“The crown jewel of the racing world for 150 years, the track has helped grow Saratoga into a vibrant, unique and culturally rich community; the type of place where Saratoga Performing Arts Center could be envisioned, founded and sustained.”
Marking 150 years
The Saratoga 150 celebration marks the sesquicentennial of the inaugural thoroughbred meet in Saratoga Springs in 1863. The first four-day program was such a success that founder John Morrissey and his partners built Saratoga Race Course in 1864. Today, Saratoga Race Course is the oldest sporting venue in the country still in operation and was named one of the top 10 sporting venues in the world by Sports Illustrated.
The Saratoga 150 Committee is planning and organizing a five-month celebration, from May to September, that will feature more than 150 community events for residents and visitors to the region.
Danielpour is celebrated for influential commissions in the areas of orchestral, chamber, and choral music. His work has been performed by many of the world’s leading institutions, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Baltimore Symphony among many others. His work has attracted an illustrious array of champions, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Sarah Chang, Dawn Upshaw, and conductors Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit and David Zinman.
SPAC is also announcing today that the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, appearing July 24 and 25, will perform choreographer Norbert de la Cruz’s “Square None,” and that celebrated world music singer Carmen Souza will be part of the lineup of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, set for June 29 and 30.
SPAC 2013 season dates announced so far include:
• New York City Ballet: July 9–13
• National Ballet of Canada: July 16–18
• Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: July 24–25
• The Philadelphia Orchestra: Aug. 7–24
• Saratoga Chamber Music Festival: Aug. 4–20
• Cabaret Series: July 19–Aug. 3
• Opera Saratoga: June 23–July 7
Tickets for these programs and all SPAC events will go on sale online to SPAC members at www.spac.org in late February and to the general public in mid-March.