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Pacific Northwest Ballet School Performances19 June at 1:30 and 7:00pm

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#1 Helene



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Posted 25 May 2010 - 02:56 PM

Here is the press release; I think it's great that the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

1:30 pm and 7:00 pm
The 29th Annual PNBS School Performances

See the stars of tomorrow on stage today!

Featuring the world premiere of a new work by Kiyon Gaines; George Balanchine’s Chaconne; and excerpts from Stars and Stripes
Performances will also feature Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Stephen Rogers Radcliffe

And between the performances: The Second Annual PNBS Celebration Dinner

SEATTLE, WA —While Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2009-2010 season draws to a close with the final performance of Coppélia on June 13, audiences don’t have to go into immediate withdrawal for another week; On Saturday, June 19, Pacific Northwest Ballet School presents two full programs of dance, featuring the talented students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. The 29th Annual School Performances will be presented at 1:30 and 7:00 pm. Both shows will feature PNB’s most advanced students performing George Balanchine’s Chaconne and excerpts from Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes. Music for Stars and Stripes and Chaconne will be performed live by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Audiences at both performances will also get to see the world premiere of 10: “Un” A-Frayed Edges, choreographed by PNB Company dancer Kiyon Gaines to a score by composer Aaron Severini.
In between the two performances PNB School will host the Second Annual Celebration Dinner, to honor and commemorate the successes of PNBS students over the past year, and raise necessary funds to support promising young ballet students. Former PNB principal dancer Patricia Barker will be the honorary guest at this celebratory benefit dinner.

All three events take place at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets may be purchased from the PNB Box Office: 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.  (See TICKET AND SHOWTIME INFORMATION below for more details.)
“School Performance offers the chance to see the broad range of accomplishment from our gifted students,” says PNB School director Peter Boal.  “The simplest of movements are executed with the utmost precision by our youngest, while the top tier demonstrates complicated choreography with ease.”
Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s 29th Annual School Performances feature students of all levels performing programs designed to showcase their skills and accomplishments over the past year. This year, the 1:30 pm performance will feature students in Levels I-VIII, DanceChance, and Intermediate Boys classes. The 7:00 pm performance will feature Levels VII, VIII and Professional Division students. Both performances will feature PNB School’s most advanced students performing George Balanchine’s Chaconne, excerpts from Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, and the world premiere of 10: “Un” A-Frayed Edges by PNB Company dancer Kiyon Gaines.

10: “Un” A-Frayed Edges
Music: Aaron Severini (10)
Choreography: Kiyon Gaines
Costumes: Larae Hascall and PNB Costume Shop
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
World Premiere

10: “Un” A-Frayed Edges is the latest work created by PNB corps de ballet dancer and choreographer Kiyon Gaines, and his first collaboration with New York-based composer Aaron Severini. Gaines frequently creates new works on PNB School’s Professional Division students and, on occasion, his fellow Company members. His choreography is as compelling as his seemingly endless positive energy; his movement is filled with intricate direction changes and angles. Dancers’ limbs are unfurled and flung, they slice and spoke through the air. 10 promises to challenge these young dancers who are on the cusp of professional careers, energize audiences, and continue to evolve the contemporary ballet aesthetic.

Music: Christoph Willibald von GluckChoreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal, assisted by Marisa Albee and Elaine Bauer
Costume Design: Karinska
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: January 22, 1976; New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 3, 1983

Throughout his career, George Balanchine was called upon by opera companies around the world to stage the ballet portions of their productions, and on occasion an entire opera. Chaconne has its origin in one of these occasions—Balanchine’s staging of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice for the Hamburg Opera in 1963. Thirteen years later, in 1976, the choreographer consolidated most of the dances from that production into a complete ballet for his own company, adding only the initial pas de deux and, somewhat later, the introductory ensemble. In this form, Chaconne (which takes its title both from an ancient dance and from the popular name for ballet music used to end an opera), is a series of ensemble numbers and variations—pas de deux, pas de trois, pas de cinq—which capture brilliantly the rococo spirit of 18th century music and movement even as that spirit is re-created by Balanchine’s 20th century sensibility.

Stars and Stripes
Men’s Regiment
Music: John Philip Sousa, adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Timothy Lynch
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli 
Premiere: January 17, 1958; New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 3, 1983

 George Balanchine loved the military band tunes of John Philip Sousa; his marches were irresistible to the choreographer. What better way to make the point that America, not Europe or Russia, was now ballet’s natural home than to combine brilliant classical dancing with rousing popular music evocative of every American’s childhood? The result was a splashy, uninhibited spectacle containing some of the most demanding and ingenious choreography Balanchine ever invented.

All three events take place on Sat., June 19, 2010 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.

 Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s 29th Annual School Performances will be presented at 1:30 & 7:00 pm. Tickets to a single School Performance are $25-$65 for adults, $15-$60 for youth 0-17; tickets to both School Performances are $40-$100 for adults, $25-$100 for youth.

The Second Annual PNB School Celebration Dinner begins at 5:00 pm, and is preceded by a cocktail reception beginning at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $125 for adults and $70 for youth. Patrons can also sponsor a PNB School scholarship student to attend the benefit dinner held in their honor for just $75. For more information about this event, contact PNB’s Special Events office at 206.441.2429 or events@pnb.org.

Discounts are available for patrons who purchase tickets to both School Performances or one of the performances and the School Celebration Dinner. Contact the PNB Box Office for more details.

Tickets may be purchased:* By calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6 pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
* In person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer St. (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
* Online 24/7 at www.pnb.org. (Please note: Combo discount tickets are not available online.)
* 90 minutes prior to the performance (subject to availability) at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street.

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