Celebrated classical composer Leonardo Le San, WRTI radio host Jack Moore, and Philadelphia MainLine contemporary ballet company Ballet 180 unite for “Hybrid” – a work that challenges our definition of art and technology.
Philadelphia, PA – On April 26, Ballet 180 will premiere Hybrid – A collaborative project between Ballet 180 and Leonardo Le San, a Philadelphia-based composer and recording artist. Producing the musical recording for Hybrid will be WRTI Classical Host Jack Moore, who will be conducting an orchestra of hand-selected local musicians. The performance will feature an original composition by Leonardo Le San, recorded by musicians from Philadelphia, and all new choreography by Ballet 180, professional ballet company of the Philadelphia Mainline.
Touching upon themes such as texting versus talking, our obsession with celebrities, and finding peace in isolation, Hybrid will move audience members to reflect upon the impact of technology on their own lives and will inspire them to re-connect with the world around them. Two performances will be held at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00pm and 5:00pm. A panel discussion with Composer Leonardo Le San, Ballet 180 Director Kelly Murray Farrell, and Ballet 180 dancer Matthew Soojian will be held in the upstairs gallery at 4:15pm.
Hybrid performance tickets range from $15-$30, with student rates available. Tickets to the panel discussion are available for $10. For tickets, please visit www.ballet180.org.
Also open to the public is a gallery of fine art from local artists that have prepared work to support the project’s theme of art and technology. The Hybrid art gallery at the Painted Bride Art Center will be free and open to the public on Sunday, April 26th from 2:00pm to 9:00pm.
About Leonardo Le San
Celebrated composer and pianist Leonardo Le San has had a distinguished career of performances, appearances, awards, articles by newspapers, magazines, TV broadcasts and recordings as an artist. Leonardo made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2010. Presenting a solo piano concert in the Weill Recital Hall, Le San performed works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov alongside some of his own compositions and the world premier of his Suite for Piano, The Voices of My Town. Following the concert, The Epoch Times recommended Le San’s concert as one of the newspaper’s “NYC Event Picks.” In 2010, Le San received the prestigious “El Award” by El Diario, La Prensa, the oldest Spanish¬ language newspaper in the United States. Le San has also presented concerts at the Harvard Musical Association in Boston and in various venues in Philadelphia such as the International House Ibrahim Theater. In 2012, Le San performed at the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in NYC presented by ACE. Le San’s recording of Beethoven released by Ionian Productions has been included in WRTI Classical and Jazz radio station programming in 2013. In 2013, Le San’s composition Homage to Josef Albers debuted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he was invited to perform as soloist at The White House in Washington D.C. The composer and pianist has been written about by music critics in Fanfare Magazine and in other publications such as The Messenger Magazine, World Magazine, RCN TV and more networks in the US. In 2013, The artist participated in the Grammy Amplifier competition finishing first on the Classical category. For more information please visit www.leonardolesan.com.
About Jack Moore
Jack has been in the broadcasting biz for over 30 years, and his career has covered every aspect of the radio industry from on-air hosting to programming, and from sales to management. His many years of experience include stints at radio stations in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and upstate New York, including six years at WFLN. Jack joined WRTI in 1997 as a classical host and has been program director since 2002. At Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Jack majored in music. He still maintains an active professional career as a violist and conductor and has been music director of the Ambler Symphony since 1996; principal conductor of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia since 1997; and music director of the Olney Symphony since 2002. Jack is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras throughout the region, including the Ocean City Pops, the Bucks County Symphony, and the Old York Road Symphony. He has also worked with educational and school orchestras in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland and has appeared with symphonies in Europe and Russia. Jack can be heard on weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and on the first Saturday of each month from 5 to 6 pm. For more information, please visit www.wrti.org.
About Ballet 180
As a professional contemporary ballet company, Ballet 180 seeks to facilitate a 180-degree transformation in the lives of our dancers and the community by creating a positive platform for high quality artistry and service to society. Ballet 180 (formerly 180 Dance Company) was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Kelly Murray Farrell. The contemporary ballet company made its debut in September of 2009 with a successful performance at the Chester County Art Association. Since then, the company’s presence has been sought out and requested for performances at festivals, school assemblies, black-tie galas, church services, wedding ceremonies, and other public events. The company performs original work through staged productions and has performed with regional and international artists through participation in the Philadelphia Dance Collective, the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, Fringe Wilmington, Philly’s Got Talent, and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). In July of 2013 Ballet 180 was established as an independent nonprofit organization and the company formed its home in Chester County with the establishment of the company’s official school, Studio 180.
Ballet 180 and Leonardo Le San
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tickets: $30 General Admission, $15 Students (21 and under), $10 Panel Discussion
Purchase Online at http://ballet180.ticketleap.com/hybrid/