Saturday, July 30, 2011

New York City Ballet numbers UP at spac for 2011, yippee!!

Ballet numbers upJuly 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm by Dennis Yusko
Total attendance at the New York City Ballet shows rose 6.2 percent above last year at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, SPAC officials announced Thursday.

Some 36,800 patrons attended the two-week summer season from July 5 – 16, up from 34,509 in 2010 and 34,895 in 2009, when the season was shortened to two weeks from three, according to SPAC.

The ballet attracted 45,034 people in 2007 and 42,354 in 2008, according to SPAC.

Ticket sales for 2011 were projected to reach $936,000, an increase of eight percent, SPAC officials said. They credited the gains to “a season of stellar programming, a highly successful “Gatsby” Ballet Gala and glowing reviews.”

“We are pleased and grateful that dance audiences turned out so strongly for New York City Ballet’s SPAC Season,” said Marcia White, SPAC president and executive director. ”The Ballet presented spectacular programming including Peter Martins’ wonderful production of The Magic Flute, landmark Balanchine works and a fabulous jazz-themed Gala program.” Great weather, popular pre-shows and devoted audiences also played huge roles, she said.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season extends from July 27 to August 13.

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