Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Situated inside a sprawling and beautiful state park, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York is a major summer destination for the area known as the Capital Region, a group of communities near Albany. The venue hosts a wide array of pop and rock performances, theater, ballets, festivals, orchestras and symphonies. It began life 40 years ago in the Saratoga Spa State Park by a group of civic leaders and donated funds.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a huge complex spread out over a generous amount of land. It has an open-air amphitheater with the main stage, concert-ready sound acoustics, and theater-style seats. Behind the building lies a grass-covered area, where concert-goers can observe the show on blankets or lawn chairs for a reduced price compared to the theater seating. On the other side of the venue is a second stage with lawn seating only. Many of the music festivals employ both stages at once. The rest of the space is open, and during an event, is host to many different food, beverage, and merchandise vendors.

During the summer, the Saratoga Performing Arts center comes alive. It hosts a few major pop and rock festivals with many bands, as well as single acts. The facility is also host to an annual Jazz festival and food and wine festival. The location has major symphonies, orchestras, and operas performed there regularly. For children the center has teamed with the New York State Education Department to offer students the Summer School of the Arts. This program is comprised of a school of dance, a study of orchestra, and a study of jazz. Professionals in the music and dance communities staff the school. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center also operates the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, located on a separate property.

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