A trio of string musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the world’s preeminent orchestras, will perform a FREE mini-concert for visitors to The Children’s Museum at Saratoga on Thursday, August 2 at 1:30 p.m. Children and museum patrons are welcome to enjoy the 40-minute performance which will be at the bandstand on the museum’s first floor. The Children’s Museum is located at 69 Caroline Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. The Orchestra musicians performing are Daniel Han, violin; Yayoi Numazawa, violin; and David Nicastro, viola. The Orchestra, which kicks off its SPAC Season tonight, debuted the pop-up concerts in Saratoga last season to large and enthusiastic crowds in downtown locations. Aimed at fostering greater awareness and appreciation of The Orchestra and classical music, the free concerts allow for interaction between the musicians and spectators.
SPAC’s President Marcia White commented that the concerts offer “unique opportunities to connect with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians and their music, in a relaxed, neighborhood setting. We view them as a way for us to increase classical music’s reach, which is the first step towards building new audiences.”
This is the first "pop-up" concert the Orchestra will present during its Saratoga residency. There will also be a pop-up concert on Thursday, August 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Library. So make sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to have your little ones enjoy this world famous orchestra for free!
I've also got some more opportunities for you to check out the Philadelphia Orchestra for FREE as a family! Courtesy of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, I've got THREE Family Four Packs of tickets to give away, one to each of the following amazing concerts:
Saturday, August 4th "Arabian Nights" Pre-Show and Orchestra Program: This Orchestra program features conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, and Johannes Moser on the cello. Return to the Ottoman Empire in this unique, first of its kind event! Come early and join in the pre-show festivities from 6-8pm including:
- Saratoga Turkish Bazaar with their wares and the vibrant atmosphere of an Ottoman market.
- Malika International Gift Shop will bring some of their free-trade wares to SPAC's lawn while also offering free henna tattoos.
- Al-Baraki, a Lebanese restaurant, joins us with free samples from their incredible menu, not to mention DiviniTea's free tastings of their Morrocan Mint Tea!
- Belly dancers will stroll the grounds and storytellers will recount the astonishing tales of One Thousand and One Nights.
Friday, August 10th is "Family Night" (program featuring violinist, Arabella Steinbacher and conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin). Sponsored by CDPHP, SPAC's "Family Nights" are the most popular pre-show event! Come early from 6-8pm and enjoy strolling magicians, chalk contests, games and FREE Stewart's ice cream before enjoying a stunning performance of The Philadelphia Orchestra. While you're there check out the "Smile Zone" from Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls! Families can get their picture taken by a SPAC photographer which will be emailed to them or they can jump in the photo booth provided by Saratoga Photo Booth Company! Plus Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls has goodie bags for every kid through the door with a toothbrush, flossers, stickers, tattoos, balloons and more. At their booth they also have a bunch of great kids stuff with color changing pencils, magnets and much more!
Saturday, August 11 "Oz with Orchestra" This unique multi-media performance combines the full-length movie screening of the Wizard of Oz on SPAC’s oversized cinema screens, accompanied by The Orchestra playing the live music score from the movie, such a fantastic way to experience this classic family film! I love it!
It's super easy to enter. All you have to do is comment below and tell me which performance you'd love to see with your family! I'll pick one winner per performance at random, and all you have to do is pick up your tickets courtesy of Saratoga Performing Arts Center right at the SPAC box office on the night of the performance! Don't miss out on the opportunity to see this world famous orchestra perform right here in our very own backyard! We are so lucky to have them here in Saratoga Springs, come on out to show your support and enjoy this world class entertainment! Good luck and I'll see you at SPAC!