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Aug 17, 2017
8:00PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Aug 17, 20178:00PM
French Festival Day 1
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor 

Stéphane Tétreault, cello

Berlioz Le Corsair Overture
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique  

Performance on the Charles R. Wood Gazebo Stage

NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies, 7pm

Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Grammy® Award-nominee YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN returns to Saratoga to lead the final week of programs; the French Festival. A native of Montreal, Nézet-Séguin was named Musical America’s 2016 “Artist of the Year.” In 2016 he renewed his contract with the Orchestra, committing to lead the ensemble at least through the 2025-26 season, an extraordinary and significant long-term commitment. The New York Times has called him "phenomenal," adding that under his baton, "the ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogenous richness, has never sounded better. Additionally, he will assume a new role as Music Director Designate of The Metropolitan Opera during the 2017-18 season and in 2020, will become the third music director in the storied company’s history.  

Also a native of Montreal, 23-year old STÉPHANE TÉTREAULT will make his first SPAC appearance less than a year after his Philadelphia Orchestra debut performing Saint-Saëns virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1.  He was selected as laureate of the 2015-2016 Classe d'Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon from the Fondation Louis Vuitton and was first prize winner at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition. His debut CD, recorded with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, was nominated as the "Best Classical Album of the Year" at the 2013 ADISQ Gala. Tétreault plays the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein” Stradivarius, once owned by famed violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, on generous loan by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais.