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June 2009

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News from Boston Ballet School

Following the end-of-year success of Boston Ballet School's Spring Showcase 2009 where students of all levels performed, Associate Director Margaret Tracey is proud to announce several of its Trainee and Advanced students who will be advancing to the following companies and schools:
Yurika Kitano, Patrick Yocum – Boston Ballet II, Akiko Ishii – Houston Ballet Apprentice, Lisa Larson – Alvin Ailey School, Emmi Pennanen – La La La Human Steps, Montreal, Canada, Amy Potter – Houston Ballet II, Ryoko Sadoshima – Pennsylvania Ballet II, Danielle Desroche and Season Winquest – Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, Samuel Lariviere – Richmond Ballet Apprentice

Student Information

For our Friends and Benefactors

We're pleased to announce a number of changes to two of Boston Ballet's most popular donor programs, Friends of Boston Ballet and Benefactors of Boston Ballet. New gift levels and new benefits, all designed with loyal patrons in mind, will be effective as of July 1, 2009. Watch for forthcoming renewal letters for full details. Or, contact gklim@bostonballet.com (Friends of Boston Ballet) or krutledge@bostonballet.com (Benefactors of Boston Ballet).

Friends Benefits

Benefactors Benefits

Save the Dates

Night of Stars Post-performance Reception at The Ritz-Carlton
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Celebrate Boston Ballet's first full season at the Opera House at this inaugural performance's fabulous post-performance reception at The Ritz-Carlton. See company members and international guest stars following the glittering first performance at Boston Ballet's new home. For more information on this not-to-be-missed occasion, please contact Renee Dunn or phone (617) 456-6246.

Night of Stars

Nutcracker Magic | Thursday, December 10, 2009
It isn't too early to think sugarplums. Nutcracker Magic, Boston Ballet's annual corporate fundraiser, is set for December 10 at The Ritz-Carlton, site of last year's sold-out event. Proceeds from this festive dinner - followed by a spectacular performance of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker - support Share the Magic, a program that has enabled some 10,000 children in need to see Boston Ballet perform at no charge. Family-friendly packages include dinner for 10, special activities for children, appearances by beloved Nutcracker characters, and premium seating at the Opera House. For more details, please contact Richard Armstrong, Director of Corporate Relations at (617) 456-6338.

The Nutcracker
Night of Stars

Summer Dance in Boston

Boston Ballet School's internationally renowned Summer Dance Program begins Sunday, June 28 and runs for five weeks. This year, more than 300 students will study at Boston Ballet School's Boston Studio and more than 160 at the Newton Studio. Due to the extended international audition tour, the program will have more than 75 international students from France, Australia, Norway, Hungary, Spain, Brazil, Korea, Japan, and ten other countries.

Summer Programs
Summer Programs

Conductor Jonathan McPhee talks about the Orchestra Pit Renovation at the Opera House

Tell us a bit about the Opera House pit renovation project.

The Opera House was one of the jewels on the City of Boston's list of performance venues. However, the spectacular renovation done several years ago covered over Sarah Caldwell's original orchestra pit with additional rows of seats in the audience. In a nutshell, we are taking the additional seats out of the theater and restoring the pit to its original footprint. It will have two lifts, the existing one and a second lift in the front, which will enable the theater to restore the seats when Boston Ballet is not in residence. Other things being addressed are reducing the noise floor in the house and purchasing new orchestra chairs, conductor's podium, and state of the art music stands and lighting.

Full Interview
Boston Ballet Orchestra
Header image: John Lam by Rosalie O'Connor. Subscriptions: Lorna Feijóo and Megan Gray in Paquita, photo by Rosalie O'Connor. School photo by Joe McNally & Joe McNally Photography, Inc. The Four Temperaments, choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust, photo by Gene Schiavone. Night of Stars logo by Kristin Carr. Summer Programs photo by Sabi Varga ©Varga Images. Orchestra photo by Rosalie O'Connor.

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