Metropolitan Ballet Academy Student Dancers to Perform in Second Annual International Peace Day Concert

Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) student dancers will perform in the Second Annual International Peace Day Concert on Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m. at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  Young dancers from the Jenkintown-based pre-professional ballet studio will join world class musicians from around the globe, Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, Philadelphia Girls Choir, Chester County Youth Choir and Chorale, and ChildrenSong of New Jersey for a night of music and dance that celebrates peace and diversity.

The International Peace Day Concert is a night of moving multicultural music hosted by Harmony for Peace Foundation to celebrate International Peace Day, a global day of non-violence.  Each year, Harmony for Peace Foundation invites performers from around the world, each with their own unique artistry, to embrace the many cultures and origins that influence their work and create unity and peace through music.

This year, the concert centers on the concept, “Celebrate Peace, Embrace Diversity” and features an ensemble of international performers with an Eastern and Asian influence in classical rendition. Participating artists include: Reona Ito, conductor, Udi Bar-David, cello, Hanna Khoury, violin, Hafez Javier Kotain, drum, Jiebing Chen, erhu, Micah John Walters, violin, Samuel Walters, cello, David Kim, clarinet, Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, Philadelphia Girls Choir, Chester County Youth Choir and Chorale, Metropolitan Ballet Academy and more.

Metropolitan Ballet Academy will open the performance with  the Children’s Mazurka from Paquita, choreography by Petipa, as staged by MBA Faculty Member Natalya Zeiger.  The students were awarded First Place in the Ensembles Category for their recent performance of this classical work at the Regional Semi-Finals of the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest international student ballet scholarship competition.   A total of 16 young dancers (ages 9-15)  will perform at the International Peace Day Concert,  including: Juan Castellanos (13, Philadelphia), Aiden Daly (9, Philadelphia), Eoin Daly (13, Philadelphia), Tyler Diggs (12, Holland), Jacey Gailliard (9, Philadelphia), Grace Garrett (10, Meadowbrook),  Marguerite Gelfin (12, Wyncote),  Hannah Henderson (13, Huntington Valley), Ekaterina Hulayev (9, Abington), Ksenia Hulayev (11, Abington), Caroline McKenzie (11, Wyncote), Kyle Schoener (15, Chalfont), Micah Sell (11, Philadelphia), Cecilia Steel (11, Elkins Park),  Kieran Versaw-Barnes (13, Elkins Park), and Charles-Henry Waché (11, Maple Glen).

Tickets:  The Kimmel Center Box Office: 215-893-1999 ;  $25- $55 , Student and Senior 10% discount.  http://www.kimmelcenter.org/planning/tickets.php

For Group Tickets or more information please email  rsvp@harmonyforpeace.org ,   call 484-885-8539. Or visit www.harmonyforpeace.org

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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