A Cultural Resource for the Region
As the Zankel Music Center helps to transform Skidmore’s music program, it is also expected to become a cultural resource for the upstate region by enabling the College to refine and expand its world-class programming. Zankel, for example, will provide a new home for residency programs such as Skidmore’s Carnegie Hall Premieres series, a collaboration with The Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute). Each semester, this program brings to campus Ensemble ACJW, featuring some of the finest postgraduate musicians in the country.
Skidmore’s highly respected and longstanding Filene Concert Series and Sterne Virtuoso Series will also benefit from the new facility, as will the College’s McCormack Endowed Visiting Artist-Scholar Residency, which brings noted artists to campus for short-term stays that include public events and performances. The venue will provide new space for all of the concerts presented by the Music Department, including faculty and student performances.
Each summer, the Skidmore campus is abuzz with a broad range of cultural activities, including the New York State Summer Writers Institute, Skidmore Jazz Institute, New York State School of Orchestral Studies, the Saratoga International Theater Institute, Skidmore Flute Institute, and many more. These programs draw thousands of visitors to Saratoga and to Skidmore and add immensely to the cultural richness of the region. All such programs will benefit from the performance venues and other spaces provided by the new facility.
The Zankel Center will serve as a complement to the other cultural presenters in the region, including the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra; SaratogaArtsFest; and Lake George Opera of Saratoga. It is Skidmore’s expectation that the Center will provide the impetus for stronger collaborations with these and other arts groups in the area.
Quotes on the Impact of the Zankel Music Center
“Arthur was deeply committed to sharing his good fortune with others. He also profoundly
believed in the transformative power of the arts. The Arthur Zankel Music Center unites
these two passions in a powerful way, allowing the College to share in the joy of
world-class musical performance, teaching, and learning, not only for the College
but for the entire upstate region.”
(Brother of Arthur Zankel)
“The new Zankel Music Center is a stunning, state-of-the-art facility that will enhance
Skidmore’s acclaimed music program and richly complement the cultural environment
of Saratoga and the entire Capital Region. It’s truly an achievement we should all
Marcia J. White,
President and Executive Director, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
“The Zankel Music Center will be the latest of many additions by Skidmore to the diversity
and vitality of the Saratoga arts scene. The continued success of Saratoga as an arts
destination is again enhanced through our ongoing cooperative efforts to mutually
benefit our city and Skidmore.”
Scott T. Johnson
Mayor, Saratoga Springs
“The Zankel will further develop Saratoga Springs as a year-round destination for
cultural tourists. That's good for the whole town, and especially for those of us who have a direct stake in drawing music lovers to Saratoga Springs."
Director, Caffe Lena
“The Arthur Zankel Music Center will provide a first-rate showcase for the world’s
great artists. The stunning facility will provide a gateway not for just the campus,
but also for a new era in the College’s already rich musical tradition. The Center
opens up wonderful possibilities for a college that is poised to take a gigantic step
into a bold and promising future.”
Thomas A. Denny, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department
“In the context of a liberal arts college, the Skidmore music program offers so many
opportunities to learn, practice, and perform. The Arthur Zankel Music Center will
provide more space, more events, more concerts, and more opportunities to learn and
perform, not just for music majors, but for anyone who wants to take advantage of
the Skidmore music program.”
Mugi Ayurzana ’09, Business-Economics Major, Davis United World College Scholar and Filene Music Scholarship Recipient