SPAC Announces Four New Concerts

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is launching a new concert series this summer. Spanning genres from Bach to hip-hop, the SPAC on Stage series is exactly what it sounds like – the entire audience will be seated on the stage alongside the performers.

The new SPAC series will take place on the four consecutive Monday evenings in August and will showcase acclaimed musical ensembles whose artistry crosses both classical and contemporary pop genres, including the Hot Sardines, Time for Three, Black Violin and Tiempo Libre.

“The success stories of the dynamic groups we’ve chosen for SPAC on Stage underscore the importance of cross-genre thinking in the performing arts, explains Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC. “Today’s audiences are craving fresh artistic experiences, not only in content, but also in presentation.

“In developing SPAC on Stage, our goal was to meet both of these demands. Positioning audiences onstage for this series will offer them a unique, visceral experience – a connection with the performance unlike anything they have experienced previously.”

With an onstage seating capacity of only 300, ticket availability will be limited.

Priced at $40 & $50, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 3.

Here’s the complete schedule of SPAC on Stage performances:

August 7
Led by bandleader and pianist Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead vocalist “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, the band has been hailed as “one of the best jazz bands in New York City today” by Forbes Magazine. And the band features their very own tap dancer adding some choreographic percussion to their throw-back sound. GO HERE to read a review of their most recent Greater Nippertown performance at The Egg last September.

August 14
The three classically trained musicians — violinists Nicholas Kendall and Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – defy any traditional genre classification. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry and more.

August 21
Over the last decade, Black Violin – featuring Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste, has risen to fame with a style of music that combines classical, hip-hop and R&B. They’ve appeared at President Obama’s Inaugural and three Super Bowls, in addition to collaborating with a who’s who of music superstars, including Kanye West, the Eagles, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and Aretha Franklin. The band most recently played in Greater Nippertown at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last week.

Bach in Havana
August 28
Praised by The New York Times for their “dance music of sophistication and abandon,” the Afro-Cuban band is celebrated for its unparalleled performances of timba, a joyous mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. Led by founder-pianist Jorge Gómez, the band will be highlighting music from their Grammy-nominated album, Bach in Havana, which connects the rhythm and sensibilities of Afro-Cuban music with the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach. GO HERE to read a review of their 2013 concert at Skidmore College.

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