Orchestra of St. Luke's at Bethesda Episcopal Church

As part of its mission to present programming beyond the summer months, Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Bethesda Episcopal Church in downtown Saratoga on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Saratoga native and Orchestra of St. Luke's Board Member David Hyde Pierce praised the return of the Orchestra to Saratoga:

"This concert means so much to me. SPAC was where as a young boy I first encountered the great artistry of the orchestra and the ballet; Bethesda, a place of comfort and worship for my family, was where I sang in the choir and learned to play the organ; the Orchestra of St. Luke's is the finest musical ensemble I've ever known, and they're like family to me. It is a rare opportunity to hear music this great played this beautifully in such an exquisite settingbut that's Saratoga."

The Orchestra of St. Luke's grew out of a versatile chamber ensemble that performed at the Church of St. Luke in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the group performs about 80 concerts a year at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Brandenburg Concertos were composed as a gift to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721. They have since become a staple of the holiday season.

Tickets for the performance are $20, and available at spac.org

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