A season of stellar programming, a highly successful “Gatsby” Ballet Gala and glowing reviews helped produce a seven percent rise in attendance for New York City Ballet’s Saratoga season and an eight percent increase in ticket income, reported Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Attendance for the two week season, which extended from July 5 – 16, is projected to be 36,800 up seven percent from last year; ticket sales for 2011 are projected to be $936,000 up eight percent.
“We are pleased and grateful that dance audiences turned out so strongly for New York City Ballet’s SPAC Season. The Ballet presented spectacular programming including Peter
Martins’ wonderful production of The Magic Flute, landmark Balanchine works and a fabulous jazz-themed Gala program,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President & Executive Director.” The level of brilliance in the company’s dancing was remarkable and has had reviewers everywhere exclaiming that the company has entered a new ‘Golden Age.’”
“Also contributing to the season’s success was great weather, our incredibly popular Pre-Shows and our enthusiastic and devoted dance audiences who joined us again and again during the Ballet season. They are at the heart of everything we do and achieve; we are so grateful for their support,” she added.
“This week, we kicked off another three weeks of unforgettable experiences with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s return to our stage to present a dazzling season highlighted by many ‘firsts’ including Casablanca Film Night, the SPAC debut of David Hyde Pierce, appearances by eight renowned guest conductors, an evening with Branford Marsalis and more,” said White. “This is the summer to be at SPAC.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season extends from July 27 to August 13. Tickets and more
information are available at spac.org