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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ballet at SPAC: Where were you?

Opening night of the New York City Ballet at SPAC was lovely. I'll leave the reviews to experts like Jay Rogoff, who will be giving one of the upcoming pre-performance talks. Suffice to say that a casual fan or ballet-impaired audience member can still enjoy the dances and the music. Having a live orchestra is part of what makes bringing the ballet so expensive, but it's worth it.
It rained during the last ballet, but no one on the lawn melted. Most were prepared with umbrellas. We've gotten used to carrying around umbrellas just about every day.
How many people were there tonight? Can't really say. On the lawn, maybe a couple hundred, tops. Best seats in the amphitheater were filled, but there were still plenty available. SPAC is, sorry to say, tight-lipped about attendance numbers. They should not act like the numbers are something to hide.
My suggestion is that SPAC talk about attendance. They should note how well turnout for the ballet at SPAC compares to average attendance at Lincoln Center. Talk about attendance, and let businesses and individuals know that the way to keep the ballet here is to buy tickets.
SPAC has been setting up programs to encourage families with young kids, date nights and girls' nights out. All good ideas.


Blogger NOW. HERE. THIS. said...


I enjoy the Ballet and would have liked to have been there, without a doubt. But instead, I was at City Hall where the single most important vote was held... and our City's future decided.

The budget ballot went 3-2 in favor of Union solidarity while fracturing our financial reserves in an unforgettably historic Nutcracker.

But there's plenty more to come, as the stage is now being set for our city-wide performance of the Firebird.

Don't miss it! 'Tis sure to be one Giselle of a show!

-Kyle York
Don Quixote

July 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM 
Blogger shanghai dandy said...

Too bad this town's population is primarily made up of philistines like you.

If the Managing Editor of the town paper is a low-brow simpleton who bullied her way to the top of the local rag, what does that say about the average "Saratogian" ????

The NYCB could do better than Saratoga Springs...

July 9, 2009 at 12:16 AM 

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