SPAC: It’s Not Just for Summer Anymore…

Since Elizabeth Sobel took over as the innovative President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, SPAC has been broadening its offerings beyond the usual summer-only months.

SPAC is partnering with Caffe Lena to present the three-part Nordlys Global Voices Series, as part of a new programming collaboration featuring original and traditional musicians from non-English-speaking nations. The concerts take place at the Caffe, and tickets are $25 in advance; $27 at the door.

Here’s the concert schedule:

Saturday (February 10), 8pm: Farah Siraj
Farah Siraj is a Jordanian virtuoso vocalist named as Jordan’s musical ambassadress. With a career that has stretched from the Middle East to Europe to the United States, Siraj has performed everywhere from the United Nations to the Nobel Prize Hall to Lincoln Center. Siraj’s original compositions fuse influences of Middle
Eastern music, bossa, flamenco, jazz, and pop, among other genres, with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish, and English.

Saturday, March 16, 8pm: Joan Soriano
Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among
dancers and music lovers. Soriano’s artistry preserves and expands on the Dominican musical tradition. He is the rare combination of new and authentic.

Saturday, May 19, 8pm: Arooj Aftab
An integral part of the revival of independent Pakistani music in the early 2000s, Arooj Aftab’s album Bird Under Water introduced a new music genre – neo-sufi – to the world. Born and raised in Lahore, Aftab studied in Boston before settling in Brooklyn, where she performs her soulful music, which has been described as having a languid, dreamlike quality.

But wait – there’s more…

The Live at the Jazz Bar series – free evenings of live music and dancing at SPAC’s Hall of Springs – launched last summer, but now a new winter series has been announced:

Thursday (February 8): Latin Night with Alta Havana (learn the cha-cha and salsa dancing)
Thursday, March 8: Swing Night with Annie & the Hedonists (learn the Lindy-Hop and the Charleston)
Thursday, April 12: Ballroom Night with Golfstrom with Peter Davis (learn the waltz)

Free dance lessons – beginning at 7pm – will be conducted by Diane Lachtrupp and Johnny Martinez, co-directors of Tango Fusion Dance Company. Live music begins at 8pm. Admission is free, but registration is recommended.

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