2016 Celebrating SPAC's 50th Anniversary

Visionary Founders

SPAC’s 50th Golden Anniversary Season in 2016 is both a celebration of SPAC’s cherished history as well as a look to the future through extraordinary new works by our beloved resident companies. For fifty years, SPAC has played an exceptional role as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and The Philadel­phia Orchestra. SPAC has brought the most current popular and rock and roll artists to the Capital Region; hosted the word-famous annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival; introduced audiences to the best modern dance ensembles in the nation, and presented the nation’s premier Summer Chamber Music series, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SPAC.

SPAC was founded as a performing arts center unlike any other in the United States: SPAC was founded by visionary thinkers – visionary artists and visionary community leaders – who understood the unprecedented value of bringing the greatest artists in the world to Saratoga.

Prior to the New York City Ballet’s Saratoga residency, no ballet company in the nation had a summer home. The dynamic, creative men and women who envisioned SPAC not only foresaw a special opportunity for local audiences, but they created a new way of presenting the classical arts. Both The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet have always been known as modern and experimental. They have always performed in a class of their own. At SPAC, these two leading classical arts organizations make their summer home together, in a venue as fresh and ever-evolving as they are.