From Russia With Love: A Celebration of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
The final Mainstage Theater production of the Northwest Florida Ballet's 2016-2017 season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is From Russia With Love: A Celebration of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.
From Russia With Love pays tribute to the famous ballet company Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo by celebrating three of the world’s most historic ballets by three of Russia’s most prolific composers. The program also showcases new choreography of these classic ballets, including: The Firebird choreographed by Butler University’s Derek Reid with music by Igor Stravinsky; Scheherazade choreographed by Lightwire Theater’s Ian Carney with music by Rimsky-Korsakov and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet choreographed by NFB Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
From Russia with Love will feature live musical accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra under the direction of NFB Music Director David Ott.
Individual tickets for From Russia With Love are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. Visit nfballet.org to purchase tickets.
The Northwest Florida Ballet celebrates its 47th year as a regionally recognized semi-professional ballet company and school. In addition, NFB has developed the nationally acclaimed Académie – an integrated academic and dance education program serving 156 students from the third to eighth grade. In 2012 the NFB introduced the Pre-Professional Program – an intensive dance program for the 9th to 12th grade students preparing for a career in dance .The NFB is led by Artistic Director and CEO Todd Eric Allen, an area native.
NF Ballet Music Director David Ott ranks among America’s most-performed composers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His works have been performed or recorded by some of the most renowned American and European orchestras, including the Chicago, National, Minnesota, Atlanta and London Symphonies. He has garnered critical praise and received numerous awards for his compositions and continues to be commissioned for works by major orchestras throughout the U.S. Once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by renowned cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, Ott has composed a large portfolio of compositions in every genre of music from large-scale orchestra works to short overtures.
Niceville campus of NWF State College is located at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible via U.S. Highway 285, Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge. For more information, a season brochure or to purchase tickets call 729-6000 or visit http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Follow Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Facebook for updates on season performances and special events.