LIVE: Saratoga ArtsFest, 6/10-13/10

Rehearsal: Hyperion Quartet with composer Richard Danielpour
Rehearsal: Hyperion Quartet with composer Richard Danielpour

In its fourth year, last weekend’s Saratoga ArtsFestival was a sprawling, sparkling, citywide celebration of the arts. Think Saratoga’s famous First Night celebration, but happening in June instead of on New Year’s Eve.

Various venues, galleries, stores, cafes, studios, schools and clubs all around the city of Saratoga Springs and on the Skidmore College campus participated in presenting art, artists, dance, music, children’s activities and more.

For a small fee, you got a pass to all of the events, but if you only wanted to see one or two of the main events, many venues also offered a separate admission fee for those not participating in the entire festival.

Unfortunately, the weather on both Saturday and Sunday hindered many of the planned outdoor events and presentations. It seemed too many people chose to stay home or only go to one or two events. But for those who did go out, there was a smorgasbord of events for every taste and interest.

Next year’s festival promises to be bigger, better and, hopefully, well attended. Who can we call to get the weather in sync for that?

Story and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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Andrzej Pilarczyk’s review of the Brandon Lee Quintet @ Skidmore’s Bernhard Theater, 6/12/10

Saratoga Arts Festival
(left) Music and Motion @ The Zankel (right) Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Putnam Den

MC Garland Nelson @ Center Stage and a young jazz fan

The Lake George Opera performing at the Zankel Center
The Lake George Opera performing at the Zankel Center

Saratoga Arts Festival
(left) Keith Pray & Soul Jazz Revival @ Center Stage (right) Soul Jazz Revival's Joe Barna

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