These Are Some of the Reasons We Choose To Live Here
Capital Repertory Theater
Capital Repertory Theatre, now in its 25th Silver Anniversary Season of award-winning theatre, is proud to be one of seventy-five professional theatres in LORT, the League of Resident Theatres.
The Park Playhouse
The Playhouse is a 2,000 seat outdoor theater that presents Broadway-style shows in Albany’s Washington Park throughout the summer.
The Palace Theater
The Palace Theatre first opened its doors in October 1931. Today, it remains the sole survivor from this period and continues to make history with a widely diverse offering of popular acts and cultural events.
Built in 1926 at a cost of a $1.5 million, Proctor’s is one of the most impressive vaudeville theaters left in the country, after having been brought back to its original glory with a major fundraising effort. Artisans were brought in from Italy to restore the ceiling murals. Today it in use more than 300 days a year. Proctor’s features a year-round season of Broadway touring shows, dance and music.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, set in the magnificent Saratoga State Park, is a major cultural attraction of upstate New York which, presents the New York City Ballet for one week each summer, and the Philadelphia Orchestra for three weeks. It has hosted every major rock and blues bands as seen on the largest stages in the world. In addition it hosts Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, Lake George Opera, Pre-Performance Talks, Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and special events.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Built in 1875, the Music Hall attracts hundreds of recording artists and performers from around the world. Its acoustics are so well known that on occasion, recording artists of every genre have come up to record their music at “the Hall.” Home to the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Troy Chromatic Concert Series, it is one of the Capital Region’s premiere National Historic Landmarks.
Located in Schenectady’s pastoral Central Park, Music Haven has the comfort of stadium seating with a full stage and a summer of incredible talent. The concerts are free and over the years, they have featured many, many grammy winning artists. There is a constant flow of talent and in 2022 the series will feature music from Louisiana with Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas; music from New York City with Sammy Miller & the Congregation, followed by the popular Blues BBQ with a performance by Shemekia Copeland. It goes on to feature Canadian music with The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Party-Band.” There is something for everyone’s taste, but the best part is sitting in the park with a community of music lovers that is provided at no cost to concert goers.
Home to the Albany Conquest and the Siena Saints MAAC basketball team, The MVP Arena (formerly named the Times Union Center) has hosted the NCAA National Championship in hockey and wrestling; the Eastern Regionals in basketball and hockey; as well as the MAAC basketball championship and the ECAC hockey championships. There are many other events, too, including a wide variety of concerts, family shows, ice shows, motocross/monster truck events and trade shows.
Saratoga Race Course
The Saratoga Race Track is arguably the most beautiful – and certainly the most historic – thoroughbred race course in America. The finest racehorses in the world, combined with long tradition and a pronounced theatricality make Saratoga’s track a powerful magnet for thousands of racing fans during a six week period in July and August.
There are also many activities for outdoor enthusaists:
- White water rafting
- All manner of water sports
- World class skiing, including the Olympic venue at Lake Placid
- Incredible hiking trails in the Catskills and the Adirondacks
- Some of the finest camping sites in the Northeast
- Numerous private (and affordable) golf clubs, as well as many impressive public courses hosted by local towns and municipalities.
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