Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform May 10 at Penn State Fayette

4/23/2008 —
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is coming to Fayette County with a special performance May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The event is the first time the award-winning Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has performed in Fayette County.

The performance is a mixed repertoire of five different ballet works, including:
  • “Allegro Brillante”—choreographed by George Balanchine, and inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto, experience a whirlwind of movement by an ensemble of dancers.
  • “glint”—a recent World premiere contemporary production featuring the recorded love-themed ballads of national artist and Pittsburgh music icon B.E. Taylor; Lauri Stallings choreographer.
  • “Ave Maria”—choreographed by Dwight Roden, this innovative work is from the large Grapes of Wrath.
  • “Spring Waters”—with music by Sergie Rachmaninov, this work is an energetic dance with precise partnering.
  • “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux”—this excerpt is one of the ballet’s most frequently performed, from the classic ballet Petipa.

Immediately following the performance, the audience is welcome to a reception to meet and talk with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers.

In addition, to enhance the experience for local ballet students, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be offering special master classes on Saturday, May 3, featuring the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Erin Halloran and soloist Kaori Ogasawara.

The May 10 ballet performance is made possible by the generous support of the Eberly Foundation. Joe Segilia, director of Outreach at Penn State Fayette, says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring performing arts of the highest caliber into our community. We are happy to do our part to support this effort, not only for the performance, but also to give young aspiring dancers the opportunity to meet and learn from professional artists. We’re hoping there will be community philanthropic support for similar programs in the future.”

Tickets for the ballet performance are $20 for adults, $15 for students 13-18 years of age, and $10 for children 12 years of age and under. To purchase ballet tickets, call 724-430-4211. For information about the master classes, call 412-281-6727.

Pittsburgh Ballet

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre soloist Kaori Ogasawara (left) and principal dancer Erin Halloran (right) with local ballet students Michelle Struhar (second from left) and Ninna Jenikins from Fayette School of Ballet in Uniontown.

Email this story to a friend Facebook Twitter