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MCB Schedule/ 25th Anniv. Season/ 2010-2011

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Tickets are on sale for the 25th Anniversary Season (2010-2011) -- with LIVE orchestra at all performances.

N.B. This covers only those performances for which MCB acts as producer: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach. It does not include performances of Nutcracker, Program II and Program III at Naples, Florida, which are usually presented by the Philharmonic Center in that city. The Naples website -- http://www.thephil.org/index.html -- does not yet have dates for next season.

Miami City Ballet Announces its 25th Anniversary (2010-2011) Season

Miami City Ballet’s (MCB) milestone 25th Anniversary Season – perhaps the most exciting since its very first season – will feature a major Company Premiere in each of its four Programs – including Romeo and Juliet. Plus the return of the Opus One Orchestra at each of its Program I-IV performances. The 2010-2011 season in South Florida begins on October 15, 2010 and runs through May 1, 2011. The Company performs at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale; and at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Program I features the Company Premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare – a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, with its premiere having taken place on the night of her coronation in 1953. It is an enchantingly bright and goofy take on Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Now it salutes the start of the 25th Anniversary Season, and the return of Opus One Orchestra to the pit. Also on this program are two George Balanchine pieces, which include the sensual Bugaku and the lively Western Symphony.

Program II will highlight the Company Premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, where she flings a dozen dancers onto the stage – hustling, spinning, shimmying, yet romantically inclined – to the irresistible stride piano of the immortal Willie “The Lion” Smith. Also appearing are Balanchine’s dramatic La Sonnambula and Balanchine’s exceptional Stravinsky Violin Concerto – plus a Pas de Deux TBA.

Program III spotlights Paul Taylor’s Promethean Fire – a work that has been suggested to be Taylor’s response to 911. Set to Leopold Stokowski’s magnificent orchestral transcriptions of Bach, it has been hailed everywhere as a masterpiece. The program also includes Balanchine’s high spirited Scotch Symphony and Tharp’s jazzy Nine Sinatra Songs.

Program IV is the Company Premiere of John Cranko’s acclaimed full-evening version of the world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. According to The New York Times, this is arguably the best dance treatment of Prokofiev’s celebrated score. An unforgettable ballet. A major event!

Once again, MCB will present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. This delightful holiday family event features a cast of more than 100 professional dancers and talented students from Miami City Ballet School. Performances will take place at Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale -- and will return to Kravis Center in West Palm Beach following a 2-year absence.

Full subscription renewal packages, to which Nutcracker tickets can be added, will be mailed in February and mini-series renewals will be mailed in March. Reservations for new subscriptions can be made starting in February, and for single tickets beginning in April, through Miami City Ballet’s Box Office.

Four-program subscription series are priced from $635 to $69; two-program “mini-subscriptions” are priced from $330 to $36. Single ticket prices for the repertory are $169 to $19, except for Program IV (Romeo and Juliet) which will range from $175 to $20. Nutcracker ticket prices are $65 to $19.75 (discounted to $58-$19 when ordered with a subscription package). There has been no increase in ticket prices, except for Program IV single tickets, from last season’s prices.

For more information about subscription packages, including group discounts, please call Miami City Ballet Box Office toll-free at (877) 929-7010. Tickets go on sale through the theaters’ Box Offices and through Ticketmaster in August.

The Audrey Love Charitable Foundation is the Tri-County Presenter of Miami City Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Season. Following is the season line-up, subject to change.

Program I

Fanfare (Robbins/Britten) – Company Premiere

Bugaku (Balanchine/Mayazumi)

Western Symphony (Balanchine/western tunes arr. Kay)

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Friday, October 15 at 8p.m.

Saturday, October 16 at 8p.m.

Sunday, October 17 at 2p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, November 12 at 8p.m.

Saturday, November 13 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, November 14 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, November 19 at 8p.m.

Saturday, November 20 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, November 21 at 1p.m.

Program II

La Sonnambula (Balanchine/Rieti)

Baker’s Dozen (Tharp/Smith) – Company Premiere

Pas de Deux – TBA

Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Balanchine/Stravinsky)

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Friday, January 7 at 8p.m.

Saturday, January 8 at 8p.m.

Sunday, January 9 at 2p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, January 14 at 8p.m.

Saturday, January 15 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, January 16 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, January 28 at 8p.m.

Saturday, January 29 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, January 30 at 1p.m.

Program III

Scotch Symphony (Balanchine/Mendelssohn)

Promethean Fire (Taylor/Bach trans. by Stokowski) – Company Premiere

Nine Sinatra Songs (Tharp/Arlen, Mercer, Cahn, et al)

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Friday, February 11 at 8p.m.

Saturday, February 12 at 8p.m.

Sunday, February 13 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, March 4 at 8p.m.

Saturday, March 5 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, March 6 at 1p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, March 11 at 8p.m.

Saturday, March 12 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, March 13 at 2p.m.

Program IV

Romeo and Juliet (Cranko/Prokofiev) – Company Premiere

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Friday, March 25 at 7p.m. (this is one hour earlier than usual)

Saturday, March 26 at 8p.m.

Sunday, March 27 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, April 1 at 8p.m.

Saturday, April 2 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, April 3 at 1p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, April 29 at 8p.m.

Saturday, April 30 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.

Sunday, May 1 at 2p.m.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 4 at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m.

Sunday, December 5 at 2p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, December 10 at 7:30p.m.

Saturday, December 11 at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m.

Sunday, December 12 at 2p.m.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Friday, December 17 at 7:30p.m.

Saturday, December 18 at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m.

Sunday, December 19 at 2p.m.

Tuesday, December 21 at 7:30p.m.

Wednesday, December 22 at 7:30p.m.

Thursday, December 23 at 7:30p.m.

Miami City Ballet Home Theater Addresses:

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House

1300 NE Biscayne Blvd

Miami, FL 33132

Box office: (305) 949-6722 or 1-866-949-6722

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Au-Rene Theater

201 S.W. Fifth Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Box office: (954) 462-0222

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Dreyfoos Hall

701 Okeechobee Boulevard

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Box office: (561) 832-7469

About Miami City Ballet

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, MCB was founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has 45 dancers, and a repertoire of 88 ballets which they perform in the four home counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, and around the world. MCB maintains its headquarters in Miami Beach in a facility designed by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica. The facility houses rehearsal studios and administrative offices as well as the Company’s school: Miami City Ballet School.

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