Wrapping Up the Summer in Saratoga Springs

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In August of 1966, the Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first concert at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center and has returned every year since. On this week’s Summer Concert Showcase, host Bill McGlaughlin previews the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012 residency at Saratoga Springs. Before that, though, he heads to the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival to hear music for wind instruments.

Event details:

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Norfolk, Conn. (Through Aug. 18)


Before we know it, summer will be over. There are just a few weekends left to enjoy the warm weather, beaches and all of the charming small towns that come to life during this time of year. And one of those towns is Norfolk, Conn., home to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, which is wrapping up its 2012 season.


Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
Bridgehampton, N.Y. (Through Aug. 19)


Every summer since 1984, 40 or so musicians have made the drive on Long Island’s Route 27 to make music at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. Throughout the summer the festival offers 12 chamber music concerts with a variety of music. They not only offer the classics, but also a wide selection of new works, many of which were commissioned by the festival, which is also wrapping up its season. There’s a premiere on one of the final programs – a flute sonata by Paul Brantley featuring the festival’s artistic director, flutist Marya Martin. Concerts take place at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church.


Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Through Aug. 18)


Tchaikovsky seems to be a theme among the concerts this summer at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 as well as a concert titled, Tchaikovsky Spectacular! Eugene Ormandy conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra’s first ever concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 1966, and since then the orchestra has made Saratoga Springs its summer home. Over the next two weeks you can hear the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert with Lang Lang, Johannes Moser, Arabella Steinbacher, Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma.


Music heard on this week's program:

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Franz Joseph Haydn: Divertimento for Winds in B-flat Major, H2 No. 46 "St. Anthony Chorale"
Fellows' from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
Kenji Bunch: Changes of Phase: I, III, IV
Marya Martin, flute; John Snow, oboe; Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Stewart Rose, horn

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Darius Milhaud: Concertino de printemps, Op. 135
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Munchner Radio Symphony Orchestra
Pinchas Steinberg, conductor

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (selections)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, conductor
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