It’s SPAC for the Holidays

2019 Holiday Series Enhances SPAC’s Vision for Year-round Programming

Bethesda Episcopal Church

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Performing Arts Center is presenting their first-ever holiday series with programming featuring internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, including the Salzburg Marionette Theatre in aproduction of The Nutcracker (December 6 & 7), and British vocal ensemble VOCES8 (December 19) for their Saratoga debuts. Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) will also return to Saratoga to perform Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos (December 14).

Note: Two other holiday time performances – SPAC’s Nutcracker Tea (November 17) and the Vienna Boys Choir (December 4) – are SOLD OUT

“Over the past three years, we have been expanding SPAC’s programming beyond the traditional summer season both on our campus and in venues throughout the region. This December that vision is realized with diverse, holiday programs by world-class companies that will delight families, classical lovers and curious newcomers alike. We anticipate that this new holiday series will mark the start of many new traditions, bringing together our community to revel in the magic of the season,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Performances by VOCES8 and Orchestra of St. Luke’s will take place at Bethesda Episcopal Church; the Salzburg Marionette Theatre is slated for two programs at the Saratoga Springs High School. Tickets range from $15-$45 and are available online at

NEW! “The Nutcracker” by Salzburg Marionette Theatre

DECEMBER 6 @ 7 pm and DECEMBER 7 @ 2 pm

Saratoga Springs High School  

Hailing from Austria, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre is known for its famed artistic perfection, precision and meticulous costumes and stage design, delighting families worldwide since 1913. With humorous and imaginative staging and ballet scenes acted out in great detail, the Salzburg Marionettes will bring the story of Clara and The Nutcracker to the Saratoga Springs High School. This original production features live actors with their marionette “friends,” bringing the beloved holiday tale to sparkling life while set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 15 and under.

Orchestra St. Luke’s Brandenburg Concertos

DECEMBER 14 @ 7 pm

Bethesda Episcopal Church

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) will return to Saratoga for the third time to play all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, among the most beloved and exuberant pieces of classical repertoire of all time.  Called “[New York’s] hometown band” by The New York Times, the Orchestra of St Luke’s performs at venues throughout the city including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Merkin Hall, The Morgan Library and Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and many more. OSL has participated in 118 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards; has commissioned more than 50 new works; and has given more than 179 world, US, and New York City premieres.

Tickets are $25 and are all general admission.


DECEMBER 19 @ 7 pm         

Bethesda Episcopal Church

The British ensemble VOCES8 is internally renowned with an extensive repertory both in it’s a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras. Called “the slickest of the lot… fans of a cappella ought to hear this,” by BBC Radio, VOCES8 is famous in the UK, touring extensively in Europe and Asia. The ensemble’s most recent album on Decca, Enchanted Isle, features old and new folk songs from different parts of the UK mixed with pop and modern music and pieces from film and television such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. VOCES8 will perform a festive program that spans from traditional holiday music to contemporary pieces.

Tickets are $25 and are all general admission.

Also, during the holiday period are two returning FREE events at the Jazz Bar, inside The Hall of Springs:

– Alta Havana – Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm

– Swing Night with Annie & the Hedonists – Thursday, December 12 at 7 pm


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