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Classical Meets Folk at New SPAC-Caffe Lena Venture
April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$40 - $45
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, April 25th
photos by Lawrence White
If you long for SPAC’s summer classical season, don’t miss the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. The concert marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Caffe Lena, which is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the U.S. “Presenting a performance by the extraordinary St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is a spectacular start to the new programming partnership between SPAC and Caffe Lena,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of SPAC. Her cultural cohort agreed. Caffe Lena is beginning “an exciting new era in its history,” said Sarah Craig, executive director. “We greeted 2017 with the grand reopening of our beautifully renovated historic venue and a commitment to expanded programming and collaborations.” SPAC and Caffe Lena will continue to collaborate to present programs varying by season.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the Orchestra of St. Luke’s one of New York City’s “greatest cultural treasures.” The orchestra performs about 70 concerts each year, including a series at the Carnegie Hall Orchestra and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. At its Saratoga premier, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble will perform “Bach and Telemann’s Coffeehouse,” a program inspired by Cafe Zimmermann, the 18th-century gathering place of Leipzig’s leading composers and intellectuals. As the music transports you back to that legendary coffee house of the Old World, you’ll be sitting in one of the most legendary coffee houses of the New World- here on Phila Street.