Celebrating venues’ past and present

New books offer look at Proctors, SPAC; Proctors slide presentation Wednesday

Proctors and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, two iconic Capital Region venues known for their live entertainment options, are hoping people will feel a little bit bookish during this holiday season.

“Encore: Proctors at 90,” published by Utica North Country Books, focuses on what’s currently going on at downtown Schenectady’s premier theater, while “SPAC50,” a limited edition coffee table book, gives readers a close look at 50 years of history at the area’s largest outdoor venue in Saratoga State Park.

The Proctors book was put together by Creative Director Richard Lovrich, Public Relations Specialist Michael Eck and Proctors Marketing Director Jim Murphy. 

Work began on the book in June, and Eck and Lovrich along with Proctors’ CEO Philip Morris will sign copies of the book and participate in a discussion and slide presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the GE Theatre in Proctors. 

“The book started out leaning more toward a history, but a decision was made to concentrate on what Proctors is like today,” said Eck, who wrote 14 chapters of the book while Lovrich provided most of the photography. “It’s more about what we are now.”

Lovrich said the book is 124 pages and has 111 photographs. While he took many of the images, some were taken by former freelance photographer Joe Schuyler, who passed away earlier this year.

“Most of the photos are mine, but many of the Capital Repertory photos were Joe Schuyler’s,” said Lovrich.

“We have a lot of respect for Joe, and we do honor him in the book.”

Both Eck and Lovrich have extensive journalistic credentials. Eck, also a popular area musician, was a freelance writer for almost 30 years, while Lovrich was an artistic designer at the Albany Times-Union for 10 years.

The pair will also sign books at The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady Saturday at 1 p.m.
“SPAC50,” edited by Saratoga Springs historian Field Horne, explores SPAC’s 50-year history and includes contributed essays by Skidmore professors Denise Warner Limoli (dance) and Tom Denny (music history).

The book consists of over 450 images, some never before published, and includes reflections from various artists and leaders who have influenced SPAC’s history. It is available online or at Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs.

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