In photo: Violinist Joshua Bell talks with SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol on the SPAC grounds. The discussion will be part of the Sept. 12 streamed concert featuring Bell and pianist Peter Dugan.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present a virtual concert series this month featuring performances by violinist Joshua Bell with pianist Peter Dugan as well as the genre-crossing ensemble Time For Three.
Called “SPAC @ Home,” the series was shot on SPAC’s grounds and at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Each presentation includes commentary by the artists as well as interviews about challenges and creative opportunities in the time of COVID-19.
"When we first began to dream about artists we could bring to our grounds to create a unique concert experience without our amphitheater stage, Joshua Bell and Time For Three immediately came to mind,” said Elizabeth Sobol, the president and CEO of SPAC.
“I have been privileged to work with all of them in my pre-SPAC lives at IMG and Universal. Both Joshua and Time For Three possess fresh, creative approaches to music-making and both have close and special connections to SPAC. We are incredibly excited to be able to share these projects — all of which were filmed in Saratoga — with our community."
Before the pandemic, Time For Three was scheduled to perform live at SPAC this summer, following its sold-out SPAC On Stage performance in 2017. The virtual program is being presented in place of the originally scheduled performance.
"To be asked to bring art back to life at SPAC, a venue Time For Three knows so well, was such an unbelievable gift to us,” said Time For Three musicians Charles Yang, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall.
“Collaborating with the film and audio crew who were so great, we spent one full day filming our music in a few locations across SPAC's campus, including setting up in the middle of the amphitheater amongst the thousands of open seats. That was pretty stunning. The empty seats around us obviously were a reminder of the times, but creatively, the cavernous space had an incredible vibe. To keep the spirit alive, and offer hope and love to a place that gives so much to so many.”
For more information visit spac.org.
Here’s a look at the schedule:
Joshua Bell with pianist Peter Dugan - 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
Featuring a Q&A with Bell, Sobol and Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.
Tickets are $10 and available at spac.org. Ticket-buyers will be directed to the exclusive stream, available to view on at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 through Sept. 19 at midnight.
Time For Three - 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.19
The ensemble will perform its most recent singles like “Vertigo” and “Joy,” along with classical pieces and pop hits. The concert will be free and available on Caffè Lena’s YouTube page and accessible through spac.org and SPAC's Facebook page until Oct. 19.