The Performing Arts Center and Saratoga’s Revival
The new Saratoga Performing Arts Center helped the city recover from its post-WW II doldrums.
In 1961, a bold proposal to offer the New York Philharmonic a summer home in Saratoga Springs galvanized community leaders and residents into action. Fundraising efforts generated spectacular results, as the project came to life around a visually exciting signature design for an outdoor amphitheater.
In the summer of 1964, Governor Nelson Rockefeller climbed aboard a bulldozer to break ground for this new venture.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet ultimately agreed to become SPAC’s official summer residents, and presented their first season of performances in 1966.
Popular musicians performed as well, as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center drew nightly audiences in the thousands all summer long. Soon, summer was not complete without at least one visit to this exciting venue.
Summer visitors helped to revive Saratoga’s economy and fuel the renaissance that has taken place during the decades since SPAC’s debut.