Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: August 9 to 11, 2013

 

Albuquerque's Ballet Pro Musica Festival Features National Ballet of Mexico

 

Ballet Pro Musica Festival is the only summer dance festival producing Chamber Music Ballet with world premieres and treasured masterworks, always with live music and original choreography, performed by internationally known ballet companies and music ensembles.

 

La Catrina Quartet, 2012 Latin Grammy Winners for Best Classical Recording, return to Ballet Pro Musica Festival August 9-11, 2013. 

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico (July 17, 2013) - “The quality of performance could be favorably compared even to that of the New York City Ballet”… “World-class choreography, dancers, and live music”…  - reactions from local and national critics to past performances at Ballet Pro Musica Festival (www.balletpromusica.org).

 

The 7th summer season, “The Spirit of Romance,” presented in partnership with National Hispanic Cultural Center, is on Friday and Saturday, August 9 & 10 at 8 pm and Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm at the NHCC, 1701 – 4th Street Southwest in Albuquerque.
 
Ballet Pro Musica Festival is the only summer dance festival producing Chamber Music Ballet with world premieres and treasured masterworks, always with live music and original choreography, performed by internationally known ballet companies and music ensembles. Its motto is “See the Music, Hear the Dance.”
 
Artistic partners the National Ballet of Mexico, La Catrina Quartet and pianist Jacquelyn Helin, present a celebration of the music of Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Massenet and Dvorak, featuring:
 
Vivaldi Variations. Music: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), L’estro Armonico, Opus 3. Choreography: Carlos Lopez. Vivaldi composed this collection of twelve concertos for 1, 2 and 4 violins in 1711. Some scholars consider them to be the most influential collection of instrumental music to appear in the entire eighteenth century.
 
Night Shadows. Music: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Sonata No. 1 in F Minor for Violin & Piano, Opus 80. Choreography: Alex Ossadnik. One of the darkest and most “brooding” of Prokoviev’s works, this four-movement piece was composed between 1938 and 1946. Prokofiev personally coached the artists who premiered it: renowned violinist David Oistrakh and pianist Lev Oborin, winner of the first International Chopin Piano Competition in 1927. 
 
Icarus (World Premiere). Music: Jules Massenet (1842-1912), Meditation From Thais. Choreography: Alex Ossadnik. A ballet solo for a male dancer, inspired by the Icarus legend in Greek mythology.
 
Encantos (World Premiere). Music: Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Major, Opus 87. Choreography: Yazmin Barragan. This four-movement quartet, composed in 1889, is considered by many to be one of Dvorak’s most popular chamber pieces, because it is marked by what critics have described as “sheer panache” and “effortless” and “memorable” melodies reflecting the cultural heritage of his homeland, Czechoslovakia.
 
About the artists:
 
National Ballet of Mexico (Compania Nacional de Danza). In its 51st season, Mexico’s official national ballet ranks among the top five companies in  the Western Hemisphere (New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Mexico, National Ballet of Canada, National Ballet of Cuba and Teatro Colon, Argentina) in terms of annual budget ($45+ million) and number of dancers (75). Based at El Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Company’s extensive repertoire spans traditional classical ballets to contemporary works and world premieres.
 

Principals and soloists from National Ballet of Mexico (Compania Nacional de Danza) perform at the Ballet Pro Musica Festival August 9-11, 2013 at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM. - Photo credit: Guillermo Galindo.

 

National Ballet of Mexico's extensive repertoire spans traditional classical ballets to contemporary works and world premieres. Photo credit: Guillermo Galindo.

 

La Catrina Quartet. Winners of a 2012 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording, blessed with dynamic personalities, and called “such good ambassadors for music” by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the young musicians of La Catrina Quartet compellingly perform a unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire to diverse audiences. Their triple mission is to perform the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, to promote Mexican and Latin American concert music worldwide, and to work closely with composers to promote performances of new music.
 
Jacquelyn Helin. The popular Santa Fe-based pianist consistently wins acclaim for her musicality and vibrant playing of a wide-ranging repertoire. In addition to Ballet Pro Musica, she is regularly heard in chamber music performance with groups such as Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe New Music, and Taos Chamber Music Group.

 

 

Steinway artist Jaquelyn Helin performs at Ballet Pro Musica Festival August 9-11, 2013.

 

About the choreographers:

 

Yazmín Barragán. Returning to the Festival after last year’s successful debut, Ms. Barragan has been choreographing ballets while dancing professionally with National Ballet of Mexico. She has worked with many well-known teachers and choreographers, including Mark Godden, David Howard, and Alberto Alonso. She is slated to become resident choreographer with the company next season.
 
Carlos Lopez. Permanent choreographer at Mexico’s National School of Classical and Contemporary Music, Mr. Lopez enjoyed a successful career as premier soloist at National Ballet of Mexico, where he later became a teacher, choreographer, artistic director, and now Regisseur. He also performed with the National Ballet of Cuba, Classic Ballet of Mexico and Ballet Clάsico 70
 
Alex Ossadnik. Ballet Pro Musica’s resident choreographer possesses a unique combination of choreographic, teaching, and artistic leadership skills. A sought-after teacher by many ballet schools,
he has been acclaimed by dance critics for his innovative, musical, exciting and mesmerizing works created in the classical idiom.
 
Ticket Information: Regular Tickets: $35-78, by phone or in person at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Box Office, 505-724-4771, or online at
www.balletpromusica.org
. Premium Tickets: $125.00

 

Red Carpet Lounge, Friday, August 9/Saturday, August 10, 6:30 pm: Opening Night Reception, including premier orchestra seat location, hors d’oeuvres, wines, desserts, meet the artists, pre-performance symposium or backstage tour, and private entrance to theater. $125 per person.

 

For tickets, visit or call the NHCC Box Office, 505-724-4771. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts; call Ballet Pro Musica at 505-352-1281.
 
Special Hotel Package: “Week-end for 2” at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. $189, which includes 2 mezzanine tickets, 2 NHCC museum passes, deluxe accommodations, and breakfast the next morning. Go to
www.bit.ly/balletpackage or call #1-866-505-STAY and ask for the “Ballet Pro Musica Package.”
 
Ballet Pro Musica has received financial support from the New Mexico State Legislature, the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Gorham Charitable Foundation, the Hancock Family Foundation, and private individuals and businesses. Additional support comes from the National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico Tourism Department, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Mexico Department of State, and the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque. -30-

Web: www.balletpromusica.org, Phone: 505-294-1976

 

 

National Ballet of Mexico is in its 51st season, and is ranked among the top five ballet companies in the Western Hemisphere. - Photo credit: Guillermo Galindo. 


 Contact & Media Visits  


Albuquerque's Ballet Pro Musica Festival

13401 Circulo Largo, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112-3765

Web: www.balletpromusica.org, Phone: 505-294-1976

Media Contact: Jane S. Blume

Email: jblume@desertskycommunications.com

Phone: 505-980-1874

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists with a firm assignment only.


 Condensed Version  


Event Date: August 9 to 11, 2013

 

Albuquerque's Ballet Pro Musica Festival Features National Ballet of Mexico

 

Ballet Pro Musica Festival is the only summer dance festival producing Chamber Music Ballet with world premieres and treasured masterworks, always with live music and original choreography, performed by internationally known ballet companies and music ensembles.

 

La Catrina Quartet, 2012 Latin Grammy Winners for Best Classical Recording, return to Ballet Pro Musica Festival August 9-11, 2013. 

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico (July 17, 2013) - “The quality of performance could be favorably compared even to that of the New York City Ballet”… “World-class choreography, dancers, and live music”…  - reactions from local and national critics to past performances at Ballet Pro Musica Festival (www.balletpromusica.org). The 7th summer season, “The Spirit of Romance,” presented in partnership with National Hispanic Cultural Center, is on Friday and Saturday, August 9 & 10 at 8 pm and Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm at the NHCC, 1701 – 4th Street Southwest in Albuquerque. Ballet Pro Musica Festival is the only summer dance festival producing Chamber Music Ballet with world premieres and treasured masterworks, always with live music and original choreography, performed by internationally known ballet companies and music ensembles. Its motto is “See the Music, Hear the Dance.” Ticket Information: Regular Tickets: $35-78, by phone or in person at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Box Office, 505-724-4771, or online at www.balletpromusica.org. Premium Tickets: $125.00. For tickets, visit or call the NHCC Box Office, 505-724-4771. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts; call Ballet Pro Musica at 505-352-1281.
 

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists with a firm assignment only.

Media Contact: Jane S. Blume, Email: jblume@desertskycommunications.com, Phone: 505-980-1874