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Orchestra of St. Luke’s Comes to Saratoga on April 25
Performance Highlights Launch of New Programming Partnership between Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Caffè Lena
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, one of America’s warmest and most versatile orchestras, will make a first-ever appearance in the Capital Region with its St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble on April 25 in an exclusive performance at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs. This special event is being presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Caffè Lena as part of a new programming collaboration being launched by the two beloved Saratoga venues. Tickets are on sale now for the concert at caffelena.org.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), praised as one of New York City’s “greatest cultural treasures,” by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, collaborates with the world’s finest artists and performs approximately 70 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. The April 25 performance by OSL’s Chamber Ensemble, “Bach and Telemann's Coffeehouse,” is a program inspired by Café Zimmermann, the 18th-century gathering place of Leipzig's leading composers and intellectuals.
Envisioned as an ongoing partnership, the collaboration between SPAC and Caffè Lena will encompass jointly curated and presented programs at both venues, with the location varying by season. Other spring program collaborations already on the calendar at Caffè Lena include an April 1 performance by folk-pop band Darlingside and a May 4 performance by Harpeth Rising, a Louisville, Kentucky-based folk band.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), located in the historic resort town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, has established a reputation as one of America’s most prestigious summer festivals. Its tranquil setting in a 2,400-acre park preserve surrounded by hiking trails, geysers, and natural mineral springs draws vacation crowds and arts connoisseurs each year for immersive experiences of performances by resident companies New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opera Saratoga, and concerts by Live Nation. The final curtain of the SPAC season comes down in early September with the annual Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, one of the fastest-growing wine and food events in the nation. For more information visit www.spac.org.
Caffè Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. Opened in a former woodworking shop in 1960, the café has helped to launch many of America’s best loved songwriters, ranging from Bob Dylan in 1961 to Sawyer Fredericks in 2014, with an amazing “who’s who” list in between. The Library of Congress calls Caffè Lena “An American treasure,” and the venue has been recognized by The GRAMMY Foundation for its important contributions to the development of American music. Today, Caffè Lena operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. On December 30, the venue reopened following completion of the first phase of a major renovation that preserved the original aesthetic but expanded its audience capacity and programming capabilities. For more information visit www.caffelena.org.
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Orchestra of St. Luke’s grew out of a versatile chamber ensemble that began performing concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs approximately 80 concerts each year at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, while keeping the intimacy of chamber music at the heart of its diverse musical programs. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, which provides rehearsal, recording, and performance space for more than 30,000 musicians annually, hosts free concerts and events for over 10,000 New York City students and families, and provides after-school instrumental instruction for the 125+ members of the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s. For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.