The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, initially scheduled for June 27 to 28, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how event organizers plan to shift the festivities.
SPAC and Caffe Lena are coming together to present a series of live streamed performances over the festival weekend. Freihofer’s Jazz Fest Stay Home Sessions will showcase performers (no more than three to a group) as they perform on Caffe Lena’s stage. The virtual events will bring together the Jazz Fest fans and the community for intimate concert experiences.
“After 42 consecutive years presenting one of the most exceptional jazz festivals in North America, to have to cancel the 2020 Festival is both heartbreaking and devastating,” Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC, said in a statement. “The loss of this event as an exuberant gathering of jazz-lovers is deeply painful, and the economic impact to SPAC, the community, and the many artists who were to perform is incalculable.”
Sobol went on to say that in “true Saratoga community spirit” they are grateful to be able to partner with Caffe Lena for this stay-at-home series.
Support SPAC, First Responders & Healthcare Workers
In addition, SPAC announced an initiative to donate two tickets to first responders and local healthcare workers for performances during the 2021 season for every ticketholder of the 2020 festival who chooses to convert all or a minimum of $25 of their ticket purchase into a tax deductible donation.
SPAC depends on ticket sales and the generosity of the community for 66% of its annual budget. Ticket donations can help ensure we can continue to enjoy SPAC for many years to come.