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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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Future of the arts in our region is topic of free public forum April 24

We are fortunate to live in a region so rich in the performing arts. Saratoga, Albany, Troy and Schenectady all offer a variety of venues for virtually every interest.
But what’s ahead for the arts as financial challenges increase and live performances vie for people’s attention? Will there be growth, down-sizing, collaboration or mergers?
You’re invited to a free public form titled “The Arts: Trouble or Opportunity,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at The Meader Little Theatre on the Troy campus of Russell Sage College.
The event is a collaborative effort of The Saratogian and The Record in Troy, which are both part of Journal Register Company/Digital First Media.
Panelists include Peter Lesser, executive director of The Egg; Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors; Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, the Sage Colleges president; and Marcia White, executive director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The panelists will offer their thoughts about how their organizations have been impacted by the economy and their vision of the future of the arts in the Capital District. A question and answer session will follow.
I am looking forward to the event.
It always mystifies me that people don’t avail themselves of the opportunities in our area. Within a short span, I will have taken advantage of The Troy Music Hall for Andrew Bird, Proctor’s for Jersey Boys, the Times Union Center for Bruce Springsteen, and The Egg for an upcoming concert by Ingrid Michaelson. This summer, I plan to see the New York City Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at SPAC, and three dates are penciled in to listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra under the Saratoga skies.
The venues, the types of performances, and the prices vary, with something in just about everyone’s reach. I hate to think of these and other venues disappearing. I’m interested in what the panelists will have to say, and to what questions the audience will bring to the April 24 forum.
Since space is limited, your RSVP is requested. Register online by visiting


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