“See The Music, Hear The Dancing…” George Balanchine

Benefits Miami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra

Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. curtain
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Miami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra will join forces for one night only in a program that celebrates great music and great dance. The audience will enjoy George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements and Symphony in C danced by Miami City Ballet to the orchestral performance of The Cleveland Orchestra. This marks an unprecedented collaboration between Miami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra.

After the curtain falls, the spotlight will shift to an elegant benefit dinner at the Arsht Center. VIP guests of both Miami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency are expected to attend, including the distinguished artists of both organizations. The gala event will be co-chaired by Dr. Margaret Eidson, Miami City Ballet, and Jan R. Lewis, The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency.

The opportunity for the critically acclaimed Miami City Ballet to perform to the compositions of musical legends Igor Stravinsky and Georges Bizet, as played by the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra, further demonstrates Miami’s “cultural blossoming,” as recently described by The Miami Herald. Both organizations bring international reputations of excellence to the Arsht Center under visionary artistic leadership. The dinner will be a wonderful way to celebrate this new alliance and the friends who helped make the occasion possible.

Tickets for the Performance and Benefit are $1000 and are available through the Miami City Ballet Box Office only (305-929-7010). Tickets for the Performance only are $175, $85, $69, $59, $29, $19 and are available through MCB or the Arsht Center (305-949-6722).

About Miami City Ballet

Edward Villella

MCB is among the largest ballet companies in the United States, with 55+ dancers and a fiscal year 2008-2009 budget of approximately $14.5 million The Company has four Home Counties in South Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach, plus Collier (on Florida’s west coast), where MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center. The Company’s repertoire has 88 ballets, including 9 world premieres. It includes: George Balanchine’s masterworks, most notably Prodigal Son, Apollo, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Ballet Imperial and the full-length Jewels and works by contemporary choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Trey McIntyre. Ballets by Frederick Ashton, Petipa, Bournonville, Edward Villella and others also highlight the repertoire. The Company repertoire also includes classical works such as Giselle, Coppélia and Don Quixote.

For more information visit www.miamicityballet.org.

About The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency

In 2007, The Cleveland Orchestra launched its landmark Residency project in the new, state-of-the-art Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Central to this achievement was the creation of the Musical Arts Association of Miami to support The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, with a goal of fostering a culture of passionate and dedicated concert-going amongst the broadest constituency.

The Cleveland Orchestra serves 20,000 plus adults and young people through a variety of concerts and community outreach activities created for the Miami-Dade community. These included three weekends of sold-out subscription concerts as well as free education concerts for more than 3,500 fifth graders at the Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, and numerous educational partnership activities with New World Symphony, University of Miami Frost School of Music, and Miami-Dade county Public School District.

Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered sym¬phonic ensembles. In concerts at home in Severance Hall; at its summer home, Blossom Music Center; and on tour and in Miami, The Cleveland Orchestra continues to set standards of performing excellence and imaginative programming that serve as models for audiences and performers alike.

For more information visit www.clevelandorchestra.com.

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