SPAC summer attendance up 11 percent

Posted on: September 17, 2010

In Thursday’s (9/16) Times Union (Albany, New York), Steve Barnes writes, “The final season for Charles Dutoit as principal conductor and music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center helped push overall attendance for SPAC’s summer 2010 classical and dance programming up by about 11 percent over last year. Total attendance was about 92,500 for classical events, an increase of 9,500 from the 2009 attendance, according to figures released Wednesday by SPAC. The non-Live Nation season at SPAC encompasses residencies by the orchestra and the New York City Ballet, plus the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival and the annual jazz festival, as well as such newer offerings as beginning-of-the-summer jazz concerts, modern dance performances and SPAC’s first battle of the bands. Orchestra audiences climbed by 21 percent over three weeks, to 40,464, and income was up by 15 percent, totaling $986,184, SPAC said. … Speaking of the larger orchestra audiences, Marcia White, SPAC’s president and executive director, said, ‘Their energy and enthusiasm contributed to the enjoyment of each performance and was the best possible parting gift for our beloved Maestro Dutoit.’ “

Posted September 17, 2010