Pennsylvania Ballet Launches 50th Anniversary Season with Company Premiere of Jewels

Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Fadely and Julie Diana and
Company Member Lillian Di Piazza in George Balanchine’s Jewels

Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

Plus a Free Performance for the City of Philadelphia & a Glittering Gala

Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 50th Anniversary Season with George Balanchine’s dazzling full-length masterpiece, Jewels, October 17-27, 2013 at the Academy of Music.

“I’ve wanted to do Jewels for 18 years! So our 50th Anniversary is the perfect opportunity to present this Company premiere,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “It’s an enormous undertaking and a fantastic tribute to Mr. Balanchine, who had an incredible impact on the founding of this Company and maintains an indelible legacy in its repertoire.”

Inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, Jewels unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. Emeralds evokes the elegance of France, to the music of Gabriel Fauré. Rubies is influenced by Balanchine’s experiences in America. The jazz-inflected Stravinsky score sends dancers zipping through the stage in Balanchine’s definitively neoclassical style. The grandeur and regality of Imperial Russia are the inspiration for Diamonds, a nod to Balanchine’s own heritage, as is the sumptuous Tschaikovsky score.

Tickets to Jewels are on sale now, starting at $30. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 215.893.1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

Jewels performances at the Academy of Music:
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.


Pennsylvania Ballet thanks the city of Philadelphia for 50 years of support with A Gift to the City with a FREE performance on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music. WHYY will record the performance for national broadcast on PBS. This one-time-only matinee will feature marquee selections from the Company’s past and present. All guests must register for a free ticket at Tickets are first come, first serve.

Pennsylvania Ballet kicks off this festive season with a glittering 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 19, presented by CIGNA. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing with the dancers, all at The Crystal Ballroom in the Wanamaker Building. This year’s event honors Pennsylvania Ballet founder Barbara Weisberger. Tickets for this black tie fundraiser are on sale now starting at $550 per person and $5,050 per table. Young Friends tickets are available for $200 for guests ages 21-39. For more information and tickets, please contact Special Events Manager Barbara Vogdes at 215.587.6916 or [email protected].

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