Earth: An HD Odyssey
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Friday • Aug 18, 2023
Philharmonia Fantastique is an original score by Mason Bates. The film follows a musical sprite that explores the different instruments of the orchestra and the connection between music, sound, performance, creativity, and technology.
Earth: An HD Odyssey features ravishing images of our planet set to the music of John Adams and Richard Strauss, shown on a large LED screen. The opening notes of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra are recognizable by anyone who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey!
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)
Our main stage has a 25,000 person capacity with sheltered seats for 5,200 people and a sloping lawn for an additional 20,000 people.
Plan a trip to SPAC using these details on directions, parking & drop off locations, ride-shares, and more.
SPAC Amphitheater Ground Rules
Applicable for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival and classical events including, New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
- 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
- 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.
Experience SPAC together! From groups of friends and family to corporate outings, senior centers, summer camps, and arts schools, we can curate a special experience for your group of 10 or more. We offer discounts, flexible options and can work with your group leader to tailor your needs for a memorable day.
Ways to Save
From season lawn passes, discounts, and multi-show packages, explore ways to save on the SPAC experience!
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