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From the company:

BOSTON BALLET OPENS FALL SEASON WITH ALL-STAR GALA PERFORMANCE

Acclaimed Company Dancers Showcased in World Premiere and Repertory Favorites

Special Guests Maria Kowroski and Albert Evans Of New York City Ballet

BOSTON, MA – August, 19, 2008 – Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced today the complete repertoire and casting for Boston Ballet’s annual, one-night-only all-star gala performance, Night of Stars, which takes place on Friday, October 10 at 8pm at Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Wang Theatre. This benefit evening will feature the full company, Boston Ballet orchestra and renowned guest artists Maria Kowroski and Albert Evans, principal dancers with New York City Ballet. The performance will emphasize the talent of Boston Ballet’s international roster of acclaimed dancers performing solos, pas de deux, and ensemble excerpts from both classical and contemporary ballets including a world premiere by Viktor Plotnikov.

“I’ve selected a varied repertory highlighting some of Boston Ballet’s finest works from past seasons, pieces previewing our upcoming season and new works that will be presented to our audience for the very first time,” said Nissinen. “The Night of Stars program offers a wide array of astounding performances that make this a very special night for our audience every year.”

The evening will open with the performance of resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s latest piece for the Company, In on Blue which premiered to audience and critical acclaim in March 2007. The program also features works by master choreographers George Balanchine and Marius Petipa as well pieces by today’s dynamic contemporary choreographers William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp and Christopher Wheeldon and rising young artist Sabrina Matthews.

This year’s guest artists are Maria Kowroski and Albert Evans, principal dancers with New York City Ballet who will perform Christopher Wheeldon’s 2003 spiritual duet Liturgy.

Kowroski was the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award in 1994. She joined New York City Ballet in 1995 as a member of the corps de ballet. In 1997, Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer. Kowroski has previously performed as a guest artist with the Maryinsky Ballet and the Munich Ballet.

Albert Evans was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his ballet training at Terpsichore Expressions in Atlanta. In 1986, he was awarded a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Evans was made a member of New York City Ballet's corps de ballet in 1988, and was immediately given leading roles in two American Music Festival ballets: William Forsythe's Behind The China Dogs, and Eliot Feld's The Unanswered Question. He was promoted to soloist in the spring of 1991, and to principal in the winter of 1995.

The complete Night of Stars: A Gala Benefit Performance program follows:

(Casting and repertoire subject to change)

Excerpts from the following ballets will be performed

In on Blue

Music: Eugene Ysaye and Bernard Herrman

Choreography: Jorma Elo

Dancers: Company

Rubies (from Jewels)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Dancers: Misa Kuranaga, James Whiteside

Concerto Barocco

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: George Balanchine

Dancers: Rie Ichikawa, Pavel Gurevich, Company

The Sleeping Beauty

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Dancers: Larissa Ponomarenko, Roman Rykine

Ein von Viel

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: Sabrina Matthews

Dancers: Jared Redick, James Whiteside

Spartacus

Music: Aram Khachaturian

Choreography: Carlos Molina

Dancers: Erica Cornejo, Carlos Molina

Paquita

Music: Edouard Deldevez, with additional compositions by Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Dancers: Lorna Feijóo, Nelson Madrigal, Company

Vile Parody of Address

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: William Forsythe

Dancer: John Lam

World Premiere by Viktor Plotnikov

Choreography: Viktor Plotnikov

Dancers: Larissa Ponomarenko, Yury Yanowsky

Liturgy

Music: Arvo Part

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Dancers: Maria Kowroski, Albert Evans

Le Corsaire

Music: Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Dancers: Melissa Hough, Jaime Diaz

In the Upper Room

Music: Philip Glass

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Dancer: Company

Tickets

Tickets for season ballets can be purchased by phone at 866.348.9738, online at www.citicenter.org <http://www.citicenter.org> , or in person at the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM box office, located at 270 Tremont Street in Boston's Theatre District, open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 6pm. Prices for season ballets start at $25. Prices for Night of Stars start at $30. Discounted group tickets (10 or more) are available by calling Boston Ballet's Group Sales at 617.456.6343. Rush tickets are available. Contact the Boston Ballet box office at 617.695.6955 or visit www.bostonballet.org <http://www.bostonballet.org> for details.

About Boston Ballet

Founded in 1963, Boston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in North America. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers.

Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is made up of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with Boston Ballet and as an independent group, presenting lecture-demonstrations and unique programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. The Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education is the largest ballet school in North America. In service of its mission to bring the highest quality arts education to all, it reaches and instructs more than 5,000 students of all ages each year through Boston Ballet School, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance education programs are held at four major ballet studio locations, in community centers, and throughout the Boston Public Schools.

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Aaah, lovely Feijoo will do Paquita :off topic: ...lucky you guys in Boston..

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I would be very interested to hear about Molina's Spartacus, which he choreographed for himself and Erica Cornejo (who I miss so much :blushing: )...fished around for a little while and found just two reviews of the opening night gala, one from Boston Globe and another very impressively written one from the Harvard Crimson (albeit no mention of Cornejo):

Karen Campbell- The Boston Globe

Erica Sheftman- The Harvard Crimson

Was anyone there? Please? :)

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