Photo credit: Paul Kolnik

While it seemed that we had to wait forever for its arrival, summer has finally made a glorious appearance! And with it comes all the perks of a Saratoga Summer, not the least of which is the start of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) season.

As quoted from Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC President and CEO, "Nowhere else in this country can you enjoy a world-class performance venue right in the heart of woodlands, streams, geysers, mineral springs, reflecting pools and architectural treasures. There's literally nothing else like this in North America."

Fireworks at Ballet Gala c Larry White

Photo Credit: Lawrence White

Consistently named one of the best outdoor venues in the country by USA Today, SPAC draws vacation crowds and arts connoisseurs each year for immersive experiences and performances by the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, Opera Saratoga, and concerts by Live Nation

Leveraging the regional, national, and international profile of SPAC, President Elizabeth Sobol has expanded the Center's mission to introduce new artists to the region, partner with peer organizations and incubate the creation of new work with the addition of imaginative programming like the popular "SPAC on Stage" series and Caffe Lena @ SPAC.

SPAC on stage c Lawrence White

Photo Credit: Lawrence White

Some of this summer's highlights include:

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

JUNE 29-30: the annual two-day celebration which this year includes George Benson, Trombone Shorty, and Grammy award-winner Norah Jones, along with over 20 other jazz greats.

Crowd and child with binoculars c Saratoga Photography Assoc

Photo Credit: Saratoga Photography Associates

New York City Ballet

JULY 16-20: presenting three inventive works choreographed by 21st century choreographers, along with the comedic ballet Coppelia, an evening dedicated to Balanchine and Tschaikovsky and a Gala program featuring Balanchine's Apollo.

NYC Ballet c Paul Kolnik

Photo Credit: Paul Konik

Yamato: Drummers of Japan

JULY 29: taking over the amphitheatre stage, with their fusion of Taiko drumming with spectacle and athleticism for its heart-thumping program Jhonestsu

The Philadelphia Orchestra

JULY 31-AUGUST 17: performing works ranging from classical masterpieces by Copland, Ginastera and Mozart to innovative contemporary compositions by Bates, Higdon, Clyne and Lopez, in addition to guest artists, dancers and directors.

SPAC's "Cinema Series"

This phenomenal series provides fun for the whole family! Featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra performing, live to picture (shown on multiple large screens), every note from family classics such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Additional fun is provided in the form of a petting zoo, drumming lessons and dance classes, and free Stewart's ice cream!

Harry Potter with orchestra c Warner Bros

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center

Internationally celebrated artists presenting six programs at the Spa Little Theatre.

The "SPAC On Stage" Series

These unique performances summon the audience to be seated onstage for an intimate performance experience with global music sensations. 

Live Nation Concerts at SPAC

Hosting an array of big-name concerts at the venue by Hootie and the Blowfish, Santana, Kiss, Jackson Brown, Luke Bryan, Joe Bonamassa, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the always popular Dave Matthews Band, and so many more!

All in all, it's shaping up to be a great season! For more information and to plan your visit to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, visit

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