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Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

Principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Stéphane Denève conducts the orchestra on opening night at SPAC. (Francesco D'Amico)
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Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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A Revolutionary War reenactor prepares the cannon for Tchaikovsky’s '1812 Overture.' (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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Patrons file into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center amphitheater for the 2019 Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening night performance. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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A Revolutionary War reenactor enjoys a cigar. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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A packed house for the 2019 opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol welcomes the crowd. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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A shot of the crowd at 2019's opening night of The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual summer residency at SPAC. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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Principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Stéphane Denève. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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Principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Stéphane Denève, conducts the orchestra. (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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The internationally acclaimed PHILADANCO! perform to Ravel’s 'La Valse.' (Francesco D'Amico)

Philadelphia Orchestra 2019: Scenes From Opening Night At SPAC

The orchestra kicked off its annual summer residency on July 31 with classical music, dancing and fireworks.

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Fireworks close opening night at SPAC. (Francesco D'Amico)

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season in Saratoga is once again off to the races. Kicking off its annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) last night, which will feature 19 SPAC debuts and run through August 17, the orchestra hosted an evening of dancing, fireworks and of course, great classical fare.

The program featured “hits” such as Ravel’s La Valse and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the 19th-century version of AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock,” which featured live cannon fire. The night also included performances by PHILADANCO! (The Philadelphia Dance Company), who last night made their SPAC debut.

saratoga living photographer Francesco D’Amico was onsite for the big night and snapped a number of shots. Relive the orchestra’s grand entrance into the Saratoga summer above. For more of D’Amico’s work at SPAC for the Live Nation crowds, click here.

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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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