Dutoit, Yo-Yo Ma Open Philadelphia Orchestra Season at Saratoga


ArtsWatch will be in Saratoga Springs next week for Charles Dutoit's last concerts as artistic chief of the Philadelphia Orchestra's annual residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Dutoit is stepping down after 21 seasons of putting together programs, leading violin concertos with now-wife Chantal Juillet, coaxing ex-wife Martha Argerich to show up for piano concertos and chamber music, and communing with one of the most homogeneous ensembles anywhere.

Here's a shot of Dutoit rehearsing with the orchestra last summer, plus a review of this year's opening night by my colleague, stalwart Judith White of the Saratogian.