FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2012
Contact: Meghan McNamara
(Pittsburgh, PA) – Gather your blankets and picnic chairs, and relax under the stars for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 24th annual open air performance at the Hartwood Acres Middle Road Concert Area on Thursday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m. with pre-performance activities beginning at 5 p.m.
As part of the Allegheny Summer Concert Series, PBT will perform a free evening of mixed repertoire by August Bournonville, George Balanchine and Dwight Rhoden. Prior to the performance, PBT will host a variety of free, family activities and a VIP picnic dinner under the PBT tent.
Sponsored by the County of Allegheny, PBT’s Hartwood Acres performance sets in motion the anticipation of a new ballet season, which this year premieres with Giselle with the PBT Orchestra, onstage Oct. 26-28, 2012 at the Benedum Center. During Ballet Under the Stars, audience members will have access to an exclusive pre-sale for single tickets to 2012-2013 Season productions before individual tickets officially go on sale Sept. 4.
Free Performance — 7:30 p.m.
For the first time, PBT will bring the Mediterranean color of Napoli Variations to the stage with choreography from Act III of August Bournonville’s classic romantic ballet set to music by E. Helsted, Gade and Paulli.
In Sylvia Pas de Deux, George Balanchine keeps the tradition of a grand pas de deux in the French style, with an adagio, variations and a coda. Set to a sumptuous composition by Léo Delibes, this is the ideal vehicle for virtuoso performances.
The company also will perform the cutting-edge Chromatic, a 2012 Pittsburgh world premiere created on PBT dancers by choreographer Dwight Rhoden. Set to music by Johann S. Bach, Rhoden melds the classical ornamentation of the Baroque era with contemporary and athletic movement in an abstract piece that mirrors the constant motion of modern life.
Free Pre-Performance Family Activities — 5 p.m.
PBT invites audience members to arrive at 5 p.m. for free family activities, including a ballerina dress up station, character greetings and photo opportunities, themed crafts by PBT and the Boyd Community Center and dance activities with PBT School instructors.
Annual VIP Picnic — 5 p.m.
PBT will host a savory summer barbecue under the PBT Tent sponsored by Yelp and Clique Vodka in celebration of the upcoming 2012-2013 Season. While mingling with PBT’s company dancers, guests will enjoy live music and cocktails before heading to reserved stage-front performance seating. Tickets are available for $75 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Shayne Souleret at 412-454-9137.
For photos or interviews, please contact Meghan McNamara at 412-454-9117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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