In February 2006, Proctors hosted a month-long visit of The Phantom of the Opera.
That historic run was made possible by a $42 million construction project that included a massive expansion of the stagehouse at Proctors, allowing the venue to host the very biggest touring shows. In addition, specific adaptations, inventions and rigging points created for the original Phantom are used by many of the other touring shows that reach Proctors each season.
Just before the expansion, Proctors was a single theatre, hosting approximately 60 to 70 performances a year. By 2009, it was offering over 600 events a year in three theatres and drawing over 500,000 people to downtown Schenectady. Now, Proctors is also the only theatre in the country to have its own district energy plant, Marquee Power, which helps to heat and cool much of the surrounding area.
The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Proctors Mainstage May 28 thru June 8 and Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors, joins us now to tell us more about what helps HIM make the music of the night at Proctors and in Schenectady.
The Dutchess County Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary and its new name, Arts Mid-Hudson, with a 50-week tour that includes visits to 50 locations across Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. The yearlong celebration was announced on March 18 at the first stop on the tour, the Locust Grove Estate in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The Dutchess County Arts Council was incorporated by the American Association of University Women and the Junior League of Poughkeepsie on March 18, 1964. In 1985 the council began providing services to artists and cultural organizations in Ulster County through New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization program funding for grants, and beginning this year will provide service to Orange County.
Some of the locations on the tour include Beacon, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Pawling, Newburgh, Walden, Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Rosendale.
Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, Linda Marston-Reid and poet Gold Wilkerson join us to tell us more.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrapped up her trip across Massachusetts in the western part of the state today. The Democratic Senator’s visit included a tour of defense manufacturer General Dynamics’ site in Pittsfield. Senator Warren says the plant is making innovative gains in military manufacturing and research to save the country money while still keeping it safe.
The selectboard of Williamstown recently voted to allow the town to pursue a Cultural District Designation from the state of Massachusetts designed to promote economic development through the arts.
On Wednesday evening, the Williamstown selectboard gave the go-ahead for town residents to seek out a Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The designation is not a monetary award but includes signage and serves as a badge of honor in recognition of community efforts to promote the arts and humanities.
Out of the cuts included in the House Ways and Means proposal, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a public agency that promotes investment in the arts and sciences, is facing a 15 percent reduction in state funding. And arts advocates are moving quickly.
Matt Wilson is head of MASSCreative, an organization that lobbies in support of cultural organizations and arts and sciences education.