Metropolitan Ballet Company and Settlement Music School Present Annual Evening of Music and Dance

February 8th, 2012 |

Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) and students from Settlement Music School will present their 11th annual collaborative performance on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Kurtz Center at William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

17 Settlement Music School students will perform with Metropolitan Ballet’s 30-member classical dance company in a 90 minute tour de force, featuring musical ensembles, soloists, original works for dancers and musicians, and three exciting contemporary dance works by NYC choreographers, Carlos dos Santos, Kanji Segawa, and MBC alumna Sarah Mettin.

Among the new dance works to be presented will be New York choreographer Carlos dos Santos’ first work for MBC, set to a beautiful score by Brazilian pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos and featuring costume designs by Elena Comendador. Mr. dos Santos performed as a principal dancer with major Brazilian and U.S. dance companies, including Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Complexions. His choreographic credits include works for Colorado Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and DanceBrazil.

MBC alumna Sarah Mettin, whose company Mettin Movement Collective was just noted as “one to watch” at the 2012 NYC Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, will present her second original work for MBC. Her first work for the company, Free Standing (2011), won the Regional Dance America Festival Monticello Award for choreography last season.

The danced portion of the program will also feature two original works for both dancers and musicians, choreographed by MBC faculty member Denise D’Angelo and MBC Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic and will conclude with a much anticipated revival of Kanji Segawa’s stunning contemporary ballet, Toward the Light, originally created for MBC in 2006.

The highly accomplished young musicians who study at various branches of Settlement Music School include two string quartets coached by faculty members Jean Louise Shook (violin faculty) and Christine Danoff (cello); the Myer Schwartz Advanced Study Piano Trio coached by piano faculty member Sandra Carlock; The Dolce Trio coached by Jean Louise Shook, and solo performers Oscar Gryn, piano student of Dolly Krasnopolsky performing Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky; Kristal Daniels, soprano student of Judith Turano singing the arias “O mio babbino caro” by Puccini and “The Willow Song” from Ballad of Baby Doe by American composer Douglas More; and April Lee, cello student of Patricia Daniels.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 3, 2012 are $15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door. For tickets and information, please call (215) 663-1665 or visit www.metropolitanballetcompany.org