Metropolitan Ballet Company Presents Annual Collaborative Concert

February 16th, 2015 |

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2015 Contact: Lisa Collins Vidnovic, Director / 215-663-1665,

ATTN: Weekend, Performances, Music, Dance, and Family Activities


Cutting-edge choreography and brilliant live music – an exceptional evening of music and dance.

Jenkintown, PA — Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will present Variations/Collaborations, its annual evening of contemporary choreography and live music, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Kurtz Center of William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

The concert will showcase new works by Philadelphia choreographer Tommie‐Waheed Evans of PHILADANCO!,

NYC choreographer/ Sarah Mettin, an MBC Alumna and founder of Mettin Movement, and NYC choreographer

Damani Pompey, as well as works created in collaboration with musical artists from Settlement Music School.

The program will also include a world premiere by pianist and composer, John Silva. Mr. Silva and renowned flutist Margaret Claudin will perform the new work, also with choreography by Ms. Mettin.

With over thirty dancers, Metropolitan Ballet Company has been recognized as “one of the top places to see ballet in Philadelphia” (CBS/ Arts and Culture, June, 2012). Known for both its classical and contemporary dance performances, MBC has added an astounding 45 works to its repertoire since its founding in 2001. These include the commission of 15 world premiere contemporary works and three world premiere story ballets for children, created for the company by

New York City based and other noted choreographers.

Guest artist John Silva has performed as a soloist internationally and was a finalist in the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and received the Master of Music degree as a scholarship

student at the Trinity College of Music in London, UK. Flutist Margaret Claudin has made frequent solo and chamber

music appearances throughout the United States and Europe. Her repertoire covers a wide musical spectrum, ranging

from baroque sonatas, to premiering contemporary compositions.

The highly accomplished young musicians study at various branches of Settlement Music School and include piano trio members Vanessa Poe, violin; Jennifer Lee, cello; and Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky, coached by SMS violin faculty member Jean Louise Shook, as well as solo performers, including violinist Sophia Yoo, coached by SMS faculty member Lee Snyder, and Kristal Daniels, a soprano student of Judith Turano.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 7, 2015 are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at

For information, please call (215) 663-1665.


Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization providing scholarships, performance training for pre-professional dancers and outreach programs designed to promote a love and appreciation of dance in our community. For more than 100 years, Settlement Music School has been a resource for excellence in community arts education, providing music, dance and the related arts for all – regardless of age, skill level, background, or financial means. At its six locations in South and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Wynnefield, Willow Grove and Camden, New Jersey, Settlement Music School offers 10,000 weekly services and awards $2 million in financial aid each year.