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Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

Musicians from Greece, Japan, Argentina, The USA, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, Israel and the UK comprise Banda Magda. (Francesco D'Amico)
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Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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A full house was on hand for the final night of the 2019 season of SPAC On Stage. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol and 'saratoga living' Chair Anthony Ianniello announce funding for another season of SPAC On Stage next year. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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A view from the balcony of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, as Banda Magda and the audience share the stage. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Banda Magda's leader/accordionist Magda Giannikou. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Greek composer, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Banda Magda perform during the season finale of SPAC On Stage. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Banda Magda's Magda Giannikou. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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The crowd is mesmerized by Banda Magda! (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Banda Magda sings songs in six languages. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Band leader Magda Giannikou engages with her bandmates. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Band leader Magda Giannikou and Banda Magda at SPAC On Stage. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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Banda Magda engages with the audience. (Francesco D'Amico)

Banda Magda Helps ‘SPAC On Stage’ Season Go Out With A Bang

The New York City-based ensemble performed at the Saratoga venue on the night of September 9.

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One of the many magical moments between Banda Magda and the audience at the 2019 finale of SPAC On Stage. (Francesco D'Amico)

Last night marked the final performance of the season for the popular SPAC On Stage series, hosted by saratoga living and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). As a quick refresher, the audience sits on SPAC’s main stage while they catch an exclusive performance by an internationally tinged/acclaimed artist or band playing directly in front of them.

New York City-based Banda Magda gave the series the sizzling sendoff it deserved, with a sprawling set of tunes pulled from the band’s eclectic catalog, which dips into Greek, Japanese, Turkish and Israeli traditions, among others.

And the audience got some great news, too. At the event, SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol, along with saratoga living Chair Anthony Ianniello, announced that the popular series had received funding for yet another year. So look out for more SPAC On Stage goodness in 2020.

As he has all season long, saratoga living‘s Francesco D’Amico was on hand to snap a range of photos, from a number of different angles, at the event, which took place on September 9. For more of D’Amico’s photos from the SPAC On Stage series, click here.

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Will Levith

Will Levith is the Director of Content for saratogaliving.com and the Executive Editor for saratoga living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others.

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