May 18, 2020

Dear Friend,

Today for the first time in 53 years, SPAC announced the cancellation of its 2020 Summer Classical Season.

To find it necessary to cancel what would have been one of the most ambitious and artistically inspiring seasons to date is utterly gut-wrenching and inconceivable. But the indisputable truth is that it would be simply impossible to find a way to keep the artists, staff and community safe in the face of the threats of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since it opened, SPAC has been a beacon of hope, light and refuge for the community — and the support of the community has been critical to its life and longevity. While our traditional season is unable to continue for 2020, we are deeply committed to providing, through every outlet available to us, the kind of inspiring and transformative experiences for which SPAC is known and loved. Our dedication to art, artists and community remains undimmed. If anything, we feel more urgently galvanized than ever to provide support, sanctuary and inspiration for our community during this time of uncertainty and darkness. In order to accomplish this, we will need your help.

SPAC depends on ticket sales and the generosity of individuals and corporate underwriters for 80% of its annual budget. The devastating loss of millions of dollars of ticket income, event sponsorships and other key sources of revenue is going to hit SPAC incredibly hard. If you are able, please consider making a tax deductible gift to SPAC today. Help us to ensure the future of world-class programming and a flagship education program that serves more than 50,000 students throughout the Capital Region.

The future of SPAC is the future of Saratoga It is impossible to imagine one without the other. Today we grieve this profound loss with you. But, hand in hand, we will rebuild, reimagine and celebrate our future together.

Elizabeth Sobol
President & CEO.

Additional Resources

Minimize Risk, Flatten the Curve

At SPAC, our Administrative Office is closed to the public and office employees are working from home to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Employees are also adhering to social distancing procedures directed by the State of New York and the Center for Disease Control. We strongly encourage our patrons to follow the same protocols and be as informed as possible from government sources. For additional daily updates on COVID-19 directives from NY State, sign up at  Though our physical office is closed, patrons can still reach out to us at or call 518-584-9330 and leave a message; we will respond within 1-2 business days.

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Please make a donation to support SPAC’s mission to share the uplifting, uniting and healing power of the performing arts. Your generosity allows us to continue this transformational work, so needed now more than ever. SPAC is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, and your charitable donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.