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Posted: 06/18/2010

Summer—it’s our favorite time of the year, perhaps because it’s so long in coming and speeds by so quickly.

That might be because there’s so much to do: the calendar overflows, as we plan all year (or so it seems) to pack the days with fun. The short weeks of our favorite season burst with possibility as we take advantage of all available options.

At Skidmore summer has long been a season of visual and aural appeal, thanks to the Office of the Dean of Special Programs, the Frances Young Tang Teaching and Art Museum, and the Saisselin Art Center. And 2010 marks the first time that the Arthur Zankel Music Center hosts a number of special events.

The 2010 summer calendar balances returning favorites with new options. First up has been the Summer Dance Workshop, featuring Gallim Dance and TAKE Dance, renowned contemporary dance companies acclaimed for their distinctive and expressive styles. Next is the SITI Company, which welcomes 60 artists to a four-week workshop that will include theater performances and demonstrations June 25 through July 9.

Both the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute return in late June, kicking off with a collaborative event that launches both programs: the June 28 “Evening of Poetry and Jazz,” featuring award-winning poet Robert Pinsky, saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, and bassist Todd Coolman. The Summer Writers Institute will again sponsor free public readings throughout the month of July.

The wildly popular jazz concert series returns this summer to a new location: the Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall. The 600-seat hall, acclaimed for its acoustical integrity, will this year be the scene of programs by Stefon Harris, Luis Bonilla, and the duo of Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, as well as the Jazz Institute faculty and students. All events are free.

Other music events in Zankel this summer include the Summer Flute Institute, directed by Jan Vinci, artist-in-residence in the Music Department; and the Saratoga Harp Colony, under the direction of Elizabeth Hainen.

For more music, don’t forget “UpBeat On the Roof,” the series of concerts held at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Tang.

Fans of the visual arts will find much to enjoy at the Tang this summer, where four shows will be available: “For You,” through Aug. 22; “Opener 19: Los Carpinteros,” through Aug. 7; and “Opener 20: Paula Hayes: Understory,” and “Opener 21: Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs,” both opening July 17. For younger art lovers, Family Saturdays at the Tang also are scheduled.

Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program in the Saisselin Art Center will include the return of “Art-A-Rama” week in July featuring a range of special events, including a lecture by painter Joan Nelson; and two exhibitions at the Schick Art Gallery: “The Figure Five Ways,” through June 27, and work by printmaker Michael Kuch, opening July 6.

Summer at Skidmore: A season to remember.