Community leaders in Saratoga Springs gathered to announce record-breaking revenues in connection with the 2013 tourism season and 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course.
A team of hospitality and tourism industry representatives called this year the strongest summer season on record. At the Saratoga City Center, they discussed the increase in revenues from hotel room reservations from the summer of 2013.
Since the inaugural meeting was held in August 1863, Saratoga Springs has been the scene of memorable horse races, often featuring legends of the sport. Although some of the epic moments are still familiar today, many of the triumphs and defeats that were once famous have been forgotten.
Recent reports show that the 2013 racing season at the Saratoga Race Course was facing lower levels of attendance over last year in the several days after its July 19th opening.
The Albany Times Union reported that on an opening day with temperatures above 90 degrees, track attendance was down 15 percent from the previous year’s opening day. The slump continued with the next day down 13 percent. On the first giveaway day, attendance was 7 percent below last year’s.
The Saratoga Race Course is 150 years old and the track is being celebrated throughout the city this season and tonight, the party comes here to SPAC.
Keith Lockhart will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of “horse” related pieces. "Serenade" by Richard Danielpour is receiving its world premiere performance tonight here at SPAC. The work pays tribute to other aspects of Saratoga, in addition to racing. Over the course of three movements, it visits the arts scene, the mineral waters, and, finally, the track.
SPAC's commission of Danielpour's "Serenade" was underwritten by Charles and Candace Wait and happens to coincide with Danielpour's 30th anniversary of visiting Saratoga. Charles Wait is the Chairman of Saratoga 150.
We’re here at SPAC, and we’re bringing out the big guns. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White is joining us here to talk about some recent events at SPAC, and what they’ve got planned for the future.
Marcia White was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005, and has overseen a major renovation of the theater during the first years of her tenure and has ensured the continuation of SPAC staples: the Ballet, the Jazz Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s free professional production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, gets underway next week. Directed by David Girard, the play will be set in 1930s Saratoga as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration.
Here to tell us more, we welcome Lary Opitz – who plays Falstaff and is the SSC Artistic Director. Yvonne Perry is also here – she plays Mistress Page - and Brenny Rabine plays Mistress Ford.