Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform at Penn State Fayette March 27

Erin Halloran and Nicholas Coppula
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artists Erin Halloran and Nicholas Coppula perform in “A Gershwin Fantasy.” (Photo by Duane Rieder.)
3/7/2011 —

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will offer a special performance on Sunday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The event will provide the audience with an evening of relaxing Gershwin favorites and music from Alexander Glazounov.

The performance is a mixed repertoire of two ballet works, including:

  • “A Gershwin Fantasy” — This performance will transport the audience back to the Jazz Age when George and Ira Gershwin provided the soundtrack for the lives of Americans during the 1920s and 30s.
  • “Raymonda Variations” — This ballet was originally created by ballet master George Balanchine and will feature Alexander Glazounov’s original score, as well as the choreography of Marius Peptipa, the “father of classical ballet.”

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Executive Director Harris N. Ferris says, “We are thrilled to be returning to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus for the third consecutive year.  Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre believes that dance is an art form that can uplift, enrich and inspire, through performances, educational programs and classical ballet training. As one of the country’s top-ranked ballet companies, we aspire to expand our scope and reach, by growing audiences and establishing permanent venues beyond the Pittsburgh cultural district. This year, we are very excited to partner with Columbia Gas, whose generous support has enabled us to continue this mission in the Fayette County region.”

“Penn State Fayette is pleased to provide the venue for such a cultural event and, in turn, serve the community. Local residents and youngsters may not have an opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh to see the ballet, so having this event here, where it is close to home, makes it accessible. Individuals and families who have attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performances here in the past have been pleased with the experience. We anticipate this performance also will be well attended,” explains Joe Segilia, director of Outreach and Continuing Education at Penn State Fayette.

A reception will immediately follow the performance to give the audience an opportunity to meet and talk with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers.

Tickets for the ballet are $20 for adults, $15 for students ages 13-18, and $10 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets for the performance, contact Penn State Fayette at 724-430-4211.

Email this story to a friend Facebook Twitter