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dress rehearsal, as instructor Jan Vinci, accompanist Patricia Hadfield, and recording technician Cooper Boniece ’11 experi- mented with acoustical panels and lighting configurations. In the end, says Rawling, “I think everything sounded excellent— and I had a lot of fun.”

Next up is the busy summer-programs season. Ladd Concert Hall should be thoroughly broken in by the time of its official grand-opening concert on October 16 as part of the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s formal dedication.

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ith the large new concert hall comes a strengthened col - laboration between the music department and the special pro- grams office, as they coordinate performance schedules for the academic year and the summer and explore new possibilities both within the College and in partnership with arts organiza- tions in the region. “The Zankel Music Center reinforces our commitment and our reputation as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the performing arts,” says Jeff Segrave, dean of special programs. “The fact that the building can accommodate dance, music, theater, and more gives a message that we’re seek- ing a more integrated, coordinated conception of the perform- ing and visual arts.”

A rich year-round concert schedule is already in place with the Filene Concert and Sterne Virtuoso Series, the McCormack artist-scholar and Carnegie Hall Premieres residencies, the sum- mer jazz and flute institutes, the Skidmore orchestra and cho- rus, student a cappella nights, and faculty and student recitals. But the Ladd can accommodate new kinds of performances as well—opera, ballet, full orchestra and chorus—and is likely to attract new guest artists as the buzz of its successful debut reverberates through the music world. With this comes a more complex operation, including a newly hired concert and events manager, Amanda Boehmer; a technical operations director, Shawn DuBois; a 50- inch plasma screen in the lobby promoting upcoming concerts; a student-staffed box office; and online ticket purchasing at http://skidmore.showclix.com. Prices—$12 general admission, $10 for faculty/staff and senior citizens, and $3 for students— are still a bargain, but now even the free concerts require tickets to manage the seating.

Ladd is also perfectly sized for convocations, admissions programs, and guest speakers. And as the schedule permits, the hall will be available for rental by outside music and commu- nity groups. Indeed, the new operation is being hailed as a boon for Saratoga Springs at large—a new jewel in a crown al- ready spark ling with Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Lake George Opera of Saratoga, Caffè Lena, Universal Preservation Hall, and SaratogaArtsFest. “The Zankel will further develop Saratoga Springs as a year-round destination for cultural tour - ists,” says Caffè Lena director Sarah Craig, and “that’s good for the whole town.” Music chair Tom Denny says, “We’re very excited about the possibility that regional professional and community-based

organizations may make appearances in the hall.” Segrave is equally enthu- siastic about “bringing in as many members of the local and the national community as possible,” adding, “we do need to move slowly; we don’t want to overtax the space while we’re still growing into it.”

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For the Zankel’s full calendar, go to skidmore.edu/zankel and click the “events” link.

Demand for rentals could be high. One was already lined up back in February: Caffè Lena’s 50th-anniversary concert on May 22, with a tantalizing list of possible headliners.

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rthur Zankel’s transformational bequest has brought Skid- more as a performance venue into the big leagues and opened up a new spectrum of opportunities for collaborations among the arts and across the curriculum, both within the College and with performers from far and wide. At February’s debut concert, President Philip Glotzbach thanked the “village”-full of people it took to nurture such beautiful music—from the Ladd and Zankel families to the ar- chitects and contractors, from the businesses and individuals making gifts to name seats in the concert hall to the music fac- ulty who have waited so long for the new facility. Denny acknowledges, “It’s been a long process,” starting some 25 years ago with dreams for an expanded Filene Music Building. In the 1990s that dream be- came an architect’s drawing for a possi- ble new building. With Arthur Zankel’s bequest, the possible became the real. “The music department has been very patient,” says VP Mike West, emphasiz-

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ing that the project’s success is a tribute to the work of many hands—efforts and expertise that “had to come together as a symphony.” Seeing it all come to fruition, Denny says, “is awe- some. It feels good to fulfill a very long-held dream.” Addressing the packed hall on opening night, Denny de- scribed what the moment meant to the music department and the College: “There is something about music that we all know is very powerful, and spiritual, and cuts to the heart of one’s being. It’s also true that a space as capacious and as beautiful as this has some of those same powers. And when we think about it being used for the sounds and silence of the wonderful art of music; when we think of the way in which it’s bringing com- munity together in such a palpable and wonderful way; when we think of the way in which light will be penetrating through the south window; and when we think about the ways in which sound, in just a few moments, will be coming off the stage, being launched into this space and vibrating between person and person—I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to suggest that this is truly a magical moment.”

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