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Audiences are likely to be in for a plethora of choices as the Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its traditional three-week residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Heart from July 27 through Wednesday, August 13. Not only are there several premieres and two films worldwide – renowned soloists and conventional masterpieces, but also debuts by instrumentalists, singers and even a conductor.

“This will probably be my first SPAC efficiency,” said Erina Yashima, the orchestra’s personal assistant conductor, who may open the season. “I was at SPAC last year, but I didn’t make it. And these two live shows (July 27th, 28th) are also my last live performance for the Philadelphia Orchestra. I’m going back to Germany.”

It is not the first time that local audiences have seen Yashima in motion as he conducts the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherazade” in January. This was simply one of many orchestras he has conducted, having recently worked with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ricardo Muti and Philadelphia Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. However, these two SPAC appointments may have few challenges.

On opening night, she is expected to perform in Valerie Coleman’s Umoja with Ballet X, a modern ballet company based in Philadelphia. Each is a primary for Yashima.

“I’ve been working with the opera’s dancers to see where they’re going, so it’s probably going to be exciting,” he said. “But it’s certainly my first time studying sheet music with each piece like any other, but I’m trying to understand the language of music and it takes longer. Especially to see how it works with current music. It is important to dive to know.”

The following night he will likely be working with Time for Three on the East Coast premiere of Kevin Places’ Contact.

“I’m really looking forward to working with them, but I won’t see them before rehearsal.” They have complicated rhythms. It’s probably going to be quite difficult, but luckily the orchestra has typical dates of the work because they recorded it with them.”

Yashima goes to Berlin to take up the position of deputy director at the Komische Oper Berlin. He got the job after the second round of auditions, where he performed Mozart’s “Magic Flute” without a rehearsal.

But I grew up with opera and every cell is stuffed with it. I went into the pit and walked from there. The orchestra was stunned by their reaction and everything went effectively. It was supposed to be in the second and I got it,” Yashima said.

As for Time for Three, the three guys are very happy to be back at SPAC. The band consists of violinists Zachary DePue and Nick Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer and grew out of jam classes in 2001 after orchestral rehearsals at the Curtis Institute. DePue has since left the band, and Charles Yang joined in 2016.

“We never thought we could have a profession like we have,” Kendall said amusingly.

Touring the world, the trio enjoys and sings everything from classical to pop, from ragtime to blues or bluegrass, and mixes this with a nice instrumental method and polish in addition to humor, lard and magnetism.

“We’re pretty busy and hardly got a house,” Meyer said. “But we make sure we have a life outside of TF3. It’s a piece of the puzzle.”

They searched a bit when DePue decided to leave.

“We are looking for curious musicians who think like us. . .for a unique voice and palette and the associated collaboration with composers who convey our language,” said Meyer.

For about nine months they worked with Nikki Chooi, who worked for a year as a conductor for live performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. However, they had heard about Yang’s films, and after inviting him to play with them, two hours later they found out that he was “an amazing, musically nice actor,” Kendall said. Local viewers could recall Yang’s solo efficiency with the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Proctors in 2016 as he wowed the group. Yang said he “finally found a job” after the TF3 delivery.

As for the track Places, the composer has been to some of TF3’s live shows and has compiled what he hears, Kendall said. Yang mentioned places offer moments to shine for everyone. The glue is all there. There are good harmonies.”

Within the first week, a romantic evening of singing with violinist Joshua Bell and his wife, soprano Larisa Martinez (July 29); “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (July 30); the well-known singer Ledisi pays homage to the jazz piano miracle Nina Simone (3 August); pianist Lara Downes premieres Florence Worth’s Piano Concerto at SPAC (4 August); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (5 August) in the Saint Saens Cello Concerto; “The Princess Bride” (6 August).

Nezet-Seguin returns on August 10 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Then, on August 11, violinist and Itzhak Perlman protégé Randall Goosby will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in the Bruch concerto in his SPAC debut.

Goosby said: “I’m so excited. Luckily I’ve performed Bruch before, but this is my first time with an orchestra. But the Philly sound is famous and Bruch is so emotional and passionate. The orchestra will play like gold.”

Goosby has received a slew of awards since making his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13. One of these was his collaboration with Perlman as part of Juilliard’s pre-college division. He is now 24 years old and continues to work with the good violinist.

“As an educator, she’s very open and genuine,” Goosby said. “He helped me a lot with the basics of my profession. It has nothing to do with what he has to do, but I get helpful answers to any questions I have, especially about what repertoire to listen to. He is always on the spot. I value having him in my corner.”

Because he was so younger in public, the phrase “superior” was usually ridiculed.

“But we never used it in my house. We labeled it a “p” phrase so I wouldn’t be critical of myself and keep it in perspective. . .to concentrate and to delve deeper into the music. “I’m still getting used to the job,” he said.

His first CD “Roots”, which was released not so long ago on the Decca label, is a homage to African-American composers.

The week continues as Angel sings Blue Coleman and Barber (12 August) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 concludes its residency with fireworks on 13 August.

Philadelphia Orchestra

WHEN: July 27 – August 13 7:30 p.m
WHERE: Saratoga Performing Arts Heart
MORE INFORMATION: www.spac.org; 518 584-9330

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