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College of Arts and Sciences

12th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Location: Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street

Tickets: Orchestra Seating: $35  |  Balcony Seating: $25-30  |  Students: $15

The concert will feature world-renowned New York City Ballet dancers Sara Mearns (a Columbia native), Jared Angle, Joaquin De Luz, Megan Fairchild, Brittany Pollack, and Emilie Gerrity, performing alongside students from the USC Dance Company and the USC Symphony.  University ballet instructor Stacey Calvert, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, is directing the concert.  Maestro Donald Portnoy will lead the USC Symphony.  

Scheduled for the performance are three iconic ballets from the New York City Ballet repertoire, including:  

Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine, legendary founder of the New York City Ballet. Balanchine’s take on the classic Russian ballet Raymonda, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, is a joyful, playful work set to the music of Alexander Glazunov.

Barber Violin Concerto Pas de Deux by current NYCB Artistic Director Peter Martins, a dance which fuses classical and modern styles, demonstrating what The New York Times called “Mr. Martin’s best attributes as a choreographer: a gift for ingenious partnering; an unpredictable responsiveness to the music; a craftsmanship in moving dancers around the stage.” 

The full-length ballet Who Cares?, George Balanchine’s whimsical dance tribute to the music of George Gershwin, described by The New York Times as “Balanchine’s juxtaposition of ballet and Broadway flair.”  Sixteen Gershwin tunes, all composed between 1924 and 1931, are featured. 

An elegant gala fundraiser, with a “Dancing at the Starlight Ballroom” theme, will follow the performance.  A special ticket, available only through the USC Dance Program office, will admit guests to the party, to be held backstage at the Koger Center.  The party will include fine cuisine by Loosh Culinaire, and dancing to the music of Mark Rapp and his band.  The ticket also provides guests orchestra seating during the concert and free valet parking.  

Gala tickets are $150 per person, and are available by calling Sabrina McClure in the USC Dance Program at 803-777-1001.  Sponsorship opportunities for the evening are also available, with levels ranging from $500 to $10,000.  All proceeds benefit scholarships for the talented students in the university’s fast-growing dance program, recently described in Dance Magazine as “one of the top three university programs to consider for classical ballet training.”


Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theatre and Dance