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Earth: An HD Odyssey

The Philadelphia Orchestra

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This night features two films shown on large LED screens and accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Philharmonia Fantastique is set to an original score by Mason Bates. The animated film follows a musical sprite that explores the different instruments of the orchestra and the connection between music, sound, performance, creativity, and technology. Both informative and entertaining, this portion of the evening will capture the attention of the whole family, or anyone who’s musically curious!

Following Philharmonia Fantastique, the large LED screens will feature ravishing images of our planet with Earth: An HD Odyssey. Set to the music of John Adams and Richard Strauss played live by The Orchestra, prepare to wow your sense, both through sight and sound! The opening notes of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra are recognizable by anyone who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey!

Ticketing Info

Onsale now!

Tickets starting at $29.00 (plus fees)


“Kids in Free” Presented by Fenimore Asset Management

Children 12 and under are free on the lawn for all performances of the New York City Ballet, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, EXCEPT MOVIE NIGHTS when they are 50% off. Children 12 and under are 50% off in amphitheater for all performances of NYCB, PO, & Jazz Festival. No tickets are required for free admission – go directly to the gate.


Edwin Outwater, conductor


Bates                Philharmonia Fantastique*

Various              Earth: An HD Odyssey* (featuring John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra)

This program is made possible in part by the generous support of Hudson Headwaters Health Network

New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra 2023 residencies are made possible in part by funding from DeCrescente & Mackey Auto Group as well as additional supporting corporate sponsors & individual contributors.



SPAC Amphitheater Ground Rules

Applicable for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival and classical events including, New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. View Live Nation event ground rules here. 

Permitted Items

  • Food, beverages and personal coolers are permitted. No glass containers.
  • Picnic blankets, breathable ground coverings. No plastic tarps.
  • Umbrellas and chairs are permitted, but will be restricted by sizing for use on the main amphitheater lawn, as follows:
    • Personal-sized umbrellas only are permitted on amphitheater lawn.
    • Lawn chairs must not exceed 43” when collapsed.
    • Lawn chairs on the center amphitheater lawn must not exceed 26″ in height when opened.
    • NO tents of any size will be permitted on the amphitheater lawn.

Items Not Permitted

  • Glass containers  
  • Plastic tarps
  • Lawn chairs over 43” when collapsed 
  • Tents are prohibited on amphitheater lawn 
  • Grills or cooking equipment 
  • Laser pointers 
  • Drones 
  • Professional audio or video recording equipment 
  • Cameras with detachable lenses 
  • Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, etc. 
  • Animals (except ADA approved service animals) 
  • Illegal drugs or substances 
  • Weapons of any kind

All SPAC ground rules are subject to change. By entering the SPAC grounds, guests agree to abide by the rules listed above. Management reserves the right to modify these rules or can request to see the contents of any belongings brought on property at their discretion. We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining the utmost levels of safety and convenience for our guests and staff.

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