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Miami City Ballet

with the Naples Philharmonic

Hayes Hall

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Feb 28, 8:00pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
 
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Miami City Ballet
with the Naples Philharmonic


Miami City Ballet
Naples Philharmonic
Gary Sheldon
, conductor

Graham/Dello Joio — Diversion of Angels
Limón/Purcell — Moor’s Pavane
Lidberg/Glass — New Work by Pontus Lidberg
Garner/TBD — New Work by Amy Hall Garner

Miami City Ballet presents a program for lovers of modern and contemporary dance, featuring two seminal works by masters of the genre and two commissions from notable choreographers working in the art form today. This program features Diversion of Angels, Miami City Ballet’s first-ever ballet by Martha Graham, the great pioneer of American modern dance. MCB also celebrates Limón Dance Company’s 75th anniversary with a performance of The Moor’s Pavane, José Limón’s haunting ballet of jealousy, passion, and tragedy based on Othello. The performance closes with two world premieres: internationally esteemed Pontus Lindberg’s innovative exploration of the intersection of dance, technology and film set to Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto as well as Amy Hall Garner’s second commission for MCB, which delves into the interplay between ballet and modern dance — creating something wholly unique.

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Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet


Described by The New York Times as “an exceptional troupe, by Balanchine standards, anywhere in the world,” Miami City Ballet (MCB) is led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and is considered a leader in the field — nurturing new choreographic voices, creating innovative collaborations and opening new avenues of inclusivity within classical ballet.

Founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director and ballet legend Edward Villella, MCB is universally admired as one of the world’s preeminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine. Its repertory of more than 100 ballets, including 12 world premieres, was built upon the Balanchine repertory, style and technique and then expanded to include beloved classical works of importance and exciting new choreography by contemporary and ground-breaking artists. MCB maintains annual seasons in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Collier Counties, serving more than 132,000 patrons in South Florida through four diverse repertory programs; the treasured Christmas fairytale, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®; and an expansive national touring program. MCB has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and its 2016 debut at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was hailed by the national press as a resounding success. The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay wrote, “Of all the ballet troupes who have visited the Koch in recent years, none looks so truly and completely a company.”

Naples Philharmonic

Naples Philharmonic


Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.

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Jack Everly

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James Ehnes

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Radu Paponiu

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Alvin Ho

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Gary Sheldon

Gary Sheldon


Gary Sheldon returns for his 12th season as principal conductor for Miami City Ballet. He previously held positions with San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and BalletMet. He has guest conducted for numerous ballet companies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as at the Aspen Music Festival, Fairy House Festival at Artpark, Grant Park Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Tanglewood Music Festival.

Sheldon was a prizewinner in the BBC’s Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition and the American Symphony Orchestra’s Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition, and he recently won top prize for orchestral conducting in The American Prize in Conducting competition. Sheldon currently holds positions with the Lancaster Festival in Ohio (artistic director) and The Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho (principal conductor). He is a native of Bay Shore, New York, and a graduate of The Juilliard School and Institut de Hautes Études Musicales in Montreux, Switzerland.

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