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SaratogaArtsFest celebrates charter signing

SaratogaArtsFest will offer an arts-filled lineup of events June 12 through 14 and on June 17 to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Saratoga Springs city charter in 1915.

The celebration brings together an eclectic mix of music, visual art, film, and dance at venues across the city’s downtown.  Dee Sarno is chair of the SaratogaArtsFest board.
The events kick off on Friday, June 12, with a meet-and-greet cocktail party at Universal Preservation Hall on Washington Street, Saratoga Springs. The gathering  welcomes members of the Orchard Project, a theater “laboratory” that will take up residence  in June at Universal Preservation Hall. Guests will enjoy a “Taste of Saratoga,” with dishes from some of the Spa City’s well-known restaurants, such as the Olde Bryan Inn, Longfellows, Gaffney’s and more. Music will be provided by Garland Nelson’s Jazz Ensemble. Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.SaratogaArtsFest.org.

The ArtsFest activities continue indoors and out throughout the weekend, including a  Paint Out on Broadway, in which artists will demonstrate their craft as they paint downtown cityscapes.

On Saturday, after the Flag Day Parade, which runs noon to 2 p.m., families can check out a “Happy Birthday Saratoga Springs” party in Congress Park, which will offer birthday cupcakes from SaratogaArtsFest and children’s games organized by the Children’s Museum of Saratoga.

Congress Park will also be the scene of a concert by the Ballston Spa Community Band. Other Saturday events include a “Saratoga Sings the Centennial” performance by Opera Saratoga, in which members of the opera’s Young Artist Program will perform music by Scott Joplin, Enrique Granados, Claude Debussy, Irving Berlin and other composers.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., ArtsFest partner Skidmore College will present renowned guitarist John Pizzarelli and his jazz quartet at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at 8 p.m. Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, infusing his work with the cool jazz flavor of his guitar technique and vocals. For tickets, visit http://www.skidmore.edu/zankel/ticketsevents.php.

Highlights for Sunday, June 14, include a performance by LeMoyne College’s Fermata Nowhere a cappella singers and the Saratoga Springs High School Jazz Band, as well as a reception for winners of the SaratogaArtsFest short story contest, an annual competition for area high school students. The day will also feature a performance by the Saratoga Chamber Players at the Methodist Church on Fifth Avenue. To purchase tickets, call 518-584-1417.
Other Sunday activities include a program at the National Museum of Dance on South Broadway. The program will feature “Dancing Through Time,” with choreography by Skidmore professors Mary DiSanto-Rose, Denise Warner Limoli, and Debra Fernandez, and dance genres performed by students from the Dance Museum’s School of the Arts, directed by  Raul Martinez. The Saratoga Film Forum will present “Saratoga 20X20X100,” a PechaKucha™-inspired event in which each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds each, with commentary. An ArtsFest reception will follow.
On Wednesday, June 17, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, an ArtsFest partner, will present the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company as a kickoff for SPAC’s 2015 classical season. Purchase tickets online at http://www.spac.org  or by phone at 518-584-9330.

For a full listing of events, venues and times, visit http://www.SaratogaArtsFest.org.

Gloria Mazure

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