SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saturday's excessive heat is taking its toll on the arts as well as the horses.
The Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced Friday afternoon that Saturday's matinee performance by the New York City Ballet was called off because of the anticipated afternoon heat. The company was scheduled to perform “Coppélia,” featuring young local ballerinas.
The 8 p.m. performance — the NYCB's last during its week in Saratoga — will go on.
“While we are saddened to have to cancel the performance by our beloved New York City Ballet, the health and safety of both the performers and our audiences is of utmost importance. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel Saturday's matinee,” said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol.
The evening performance of “Coppélia,” as well as the NYCB Gala: Apollo and the Muses, will go on as scheduled. During those events, SPAC will set up misting stations on the grounds for guests and will have free water available. There will also be additional medical personnel on-site, according to a statement from SPAC.
Matinee ticket holders can request a refund or a gift certificate to redeem for the 2019 Philadelphia Orchestra season or New York City Ballet’s 2020 residency from July 14-18. Visit spac.org/nycbrefund or bring tickets to the SPAC Box Office to exchange. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded before Aug. 9.