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Philadelphia Orchestra's final days at SPAC

The residency of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is quickly coming to an end.

Tonight and tomorrow are the final two performance, which will end with a bang on Saturday, as there will be cannons. The blasting of cannons for the "1812 Overture" has become a fan favorite in recent years.

Below is a press release from SPAC with the schedule of events for the final nights of the Philadelphia Orchestra:


6 P.M. | CDPHP “Family Night”– An event for the whole family, guests are treated to strolling magicians, free Stewart’s ice cream, balloon animals, Pediatric Dentistry’s “Smile Zone”, and complimentary photos by Saratoga Photobooth Company. Family Night also features Albany Medical Center Children’s Workshops on the Lawn and the Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. GE Kids in Free entitles children 12 and under to free lawn admission for orchestra performances; Citizens Bank Student Discount Program entitles students of any age to $10 lawn tickets or 25% discounted amphitheatre seating.

8 P.M. | Disney’s Fantasia; A Philadelphia Orchestra Legacy| The magic of Disney’s Fantasia, the 1940 groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation that has evolved into a classic comes to SPAC’s amphitheater. Musical excerpts will be performed as corresponding film sequences are projected onto SPAC’s cinema screens. A Tribute to Joseph C. Palamountain, Jr.


6 P.M. |Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Colonial Re-enactors - Approximately 60 colonial re-enactors create “living history” military encampments on SPAC’s lawn. The re-enactors, who fire live cannons at the conclusion of the Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, dress in period costume and offer demonstrations and discussion on life during the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars.

8 P.M. |The Philadelphia Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Daniil Trifonov|- Russian piano prodigy, Daniil Trifonov, who won medals at three of the world’s most prestigious international music competitions, will mark his debut at SPAC and with The Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s powerful Piano Concerto No. 2. The evening concludes with a fireworks display.

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