FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS APOLLO & CARMINA
April 13-22, 2012
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109
April 13-14 at 7:30 pm
April 19-21 at 7:30 pm
April 14 & 21 at 2:00 pm
April 22 at 1:00 pm
SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 39th season with a potent program of masterworks, Apollo & Carmina. From Greek gods to 13th century monks, this blockbuster double-bill reaches through centuries to resonate with powerful impact. Apollo & Carmina runs for eight performances only, April 13 through 22 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s website, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St.
In conjunction with Apollo & Carmina, PNB will be presenting Balanchine Then and Now, a special lecture-demonstration featuring PNB founding artistic director Francia Russell, artistic director Peter Boal, and PNB company dancers. See “Special Events” below for more info.
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal
Apollo, George Balanchine’s oldest surviving ballet, was his first international success as well as the start of his remarkable collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. Choreographed in 1928 for the Ballets Russes and known originally as Apollon Musagète, Apollo is widely regarded as the fountainhead of contemporary classicism. The depiction of “a wild, half-human youth who acquires nobility through art” (Balanchine), Apollo is instructed by three Muses: Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, muse of poetry. Considered “worth every accolade ever bestowed upon it” (DanceView Times), Apollo “has acquired a mythical aura of its own” (New York Times).
Music: Carl Orff
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Pacific Northwest Ballet founding artistic director Kent Stowell’s magnificent rendering of Carl Orff’s 1937 musical cantata, Carmina Burana, has played to sold-out audiences since its 1993 premiere. The famous cantata’s poems about the fickleness of fortune, the joy of renewal, and the perils of sin come vividly to life in the shadow of Ming Cho Lee’s colossal 26-foot golden wheel as Stowell’s evocative choreography, a 72-voice chorale.
Tickets ($28-$168 advance) may be purchased through the Pacific Northwest Ballet Box Office:
- By Phone – 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
- In Person – 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
- Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND DISCOUNT OFFERS
BALANCHINE THEN AND NOW
Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-7:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
PNB founding artistic director Francia Russell and artistic director Peter Boal join PNB Company dancers for an exploration of the work of George Balanchine over the span of the great master’s career, focusing on his earliest work still performed – Apollo. Tickets for this special event are $20 and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, by phone, in person or online.
BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, April 10, 12:00 noon
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle
Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about Apollo & Carmina, complete with video excerpts that illuminate the ballets being discussed. FREE of charge.
PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall
Join PNB artistic staff, choreographers, and/or stagers during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $25 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office by phone (206.441.2424), in person (301 Mercer Street) or online (pnb.org).
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. One hour before performances. FREE for ticketholders.
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a conversation with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers. Immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders.
Listen to the Ballet!
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 pm
PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM for an opening weekend performance of Apollo & Carmina. Only on 98.1 fm or online at king.org/listen.
STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS
Subject to availability, half-price rush tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with valid ID, beginning 90 minutes prior to show time at McCaw Hall.
$15 TICKETS FOR 25 & UNDER
All Thursday and Friday performances: April 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm
One ticket for $15 or two for $25 for patrons 25 years and younger! To purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 or visit 301 Mercer Street. This offer is good for April 13, 19 & 20 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid ID upon ticket retrieval.
PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. Teen Tix members, 13 to 19 years old, can purchase tickets to PNB performances and other music, dance, theater and arts events for only $5. For more information about joining Teen Tix or to view a list of participating organizations, visit Seattle Center’s Teen Tix webpage at seattlecenter.com/teentix.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please call 206.441.2416, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use PNB’s Online Group Builder (at pnb.org) which assists audience members to gather friends, family and co-workers to see any performance and save.
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Apollo & Carmina is made possible by presenting sponsor Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and major sponsor the Nesholm Family Foundation. PNB’s performances of Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana are generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz. PNB’s 2011-2012 Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax.
Schedule and programming subject to change.