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SPAC chief looks ahead –
Elizabeth Sobol’s view

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

New director Elizabeth Sobol ended her first year at the helm of Saratoga Performing Arts Center on a high — a sold-out concert in early December, where the esteemed St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra performed all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos before about 700 patrons at Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs.

It’s exactly the kind of off-season success Ms. Sobol told The Chronicle she’s …

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Battenkill, ever so triumphant

Chronicle Managing Editor Cathy DeDe writes:

It’s almost always an event, wonderfully realized, when the Battenkill Chorale performs. Last weekend’s production — call it what it was — of Verdi’s Requiem at Zankel Hall, Skidmore College, was more proof of that.

Ms. McGhee called it an opera when she previewed the piece with me. I’ll accept that: Multiple voices, moods, a sort of narrative flow. But, no characters.

Notable, how …

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Her take on some of the Adirondack Film Fest

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

With far more to see than time to see it in, there’s no way any human could have experienced every offering of the Adirondack Film Festival. Your intrepid reporter did her best. Some things of note:

Daniel Roebuck was the star of the weekend. His feature-length movie Getting Grace won Best of the Fest, by audience vote.

He is a TV and movie actor, …

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A push to draw movie-makers to Glens Falls

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

As we speak, a movie connected with last year’s inaugural Adirondack Film Festival is filming in the Glens Falls-Lake George region, under a fairly heavy level of privacy, per the producers’ requests.

Another two or more filmmakers from this year’s festival said they plan to come back here, and many others seemed genuine in saying, “I’d like to make a movie here.”

Festival darling, …

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Film Fest fantastic

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

The second annual Adirondack Film Festival — organized by the Adirondack Theatre Festival — was a rousing success, electrifying downtown Glens Falls. For two days and nights, Friday and Saturday, we were our own little Park City, Utah — Sundance Film Festival’s home.

Sidewalks overflowed with filmmakers and film-goers rushing to get on line for screenings, pausing to eat out, even doing some shopping.…

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