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Metropolitan Ballet Company and Settlement Music School to present their annual collaborative performance

Metropolitan Ballet Company - Fend 2012 - photo EA Kennedy, III

Metropolitan Ballet Company dancers Kamryn Baldwin, Jonathan Tavares
and Sara VanderVoort in Sarah Mettin’ s  “ Fend” 
Photo credit:  E.A. Kennedy, III

Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) and students from Settlement Music School will present their annual collaborative performance on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Kurtz Center at William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

11 Settlement Music School students will perform with Metropolitan Ballet’s 30-member classical dance company in a 90 minute tour de force, featuring musical ensembles, soloists, original works for dancers and musicians, and three exciting contemporary and classical premieres.

Among the new dance works to be presented will be the company premiere of Aloft, an innovative and joyous contemporary piece by Dayton, Ohio-based choreographer Ashley Sass, featuring costume designs by Martha Chamberlain. Ms. Sass is a graduate of Point Park University and danced professionally with both Atlanta Ballet and Dayton Ballet.  Her choreography has received numerous awards, including the Regional Dance America (RDA) Project Tier award in 2009 and the RDA National Choreographic Award in both 2012 and 2011.  She has recently joined the artistic staff of The Mid-Columbia Ballet in Washington. This is her first work for MBC.

MBC alumna and NYC choreographer Sarah Mettin will present her third original work for MBC following the highly successful Fend from last season.  The collaborative will widen its scope to also include a performance by her NYC based company, Mettin Movement Collective (MMC).  Noted as “one to watch” at the 2012 NYC Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, MMC makes it Philadelphia premiere with In a Roofless Room,  set to songs by Vivaldi and Loscil .

The danced portion of the program will also feature the premiere of Holberg Suite, a new classical work by MBA faculty member Denise D’Angelo as well as two original works for both dancers and musicians, choreographed by MBC Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic.

The highly accomplished young musicians who study at various branches of Settlement Music School include a cello quartet coached by faculty member Christine Danoff; a piano trio coached by piano faculty member Sandra Carlock; and solo performers, including Kristal Daniels, a soprano student of Judith Turano.  SMS faculty member and accompanist, Jean Louise Shook will also perform.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 2, 2013 are $15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org   For information, please call (215) 663-1665.

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