Flying High on the Promise of a New Season

Flying high on the promise of a new season! SPAC's 2007 lineup is announced, and it is promising to be a spectacular season.

A new extended season, more variety, and new comfortable seating: those are just some of the things concert-goers will find this summer, after the completion of a two-million dollar project at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, SPAC officials unveiled their 2007 program, and as NEWS10's Anya Tucker found, there is hope it will help orchestrate a new era in the Spa City.

With a new season, comes a new look. SPAC's amphitheater, still under construction, will have new, more comfortable seating. State funding helped to modernize the 41-year-old facility.

“It will be a facility that everyone will be proud of, and more comfortable, and that will be most memorable,” says Marcia White, President and Executive Director of SPAC.

Last summer was not kind to SPAC; the Board of Directors scrambling to finish the year with a surplus after low attendance numbers.

So before the start of the 2007 season, SPAC went to the public and asked what changes needed to be made.

“It's making the changes in programming, giving people what they want, more family value…and I think that's what it takes to get people here,” White says.

Following the unveiling of the new amphitheater, White says, will come the start of SPAC's new “extended season” of classical and jazz in SPAC's little theatre. The season will also feature a new, full-length production of “Romeo and Juliet” by the New York City Ballet.

There is also the 30th Anniversary of their Freihofer's Jazz Festival. And seasoned fans and newcomers will also want to turn out for the Philadelphia Orchestra, which includes a remarkable roster of soloists. That roster includes Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.

Other performers named Tuesday include the Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Hurricane Katrina survivors: the Jordan family of New Orleans, folk singer Amos Lee, Norah Jones and Paul Simon.

And all tickets for the extended season will be just 25-bucks!

For more on SPAC's 2007 lineup, click here.

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