13 Dec Indianapolis School of Ballet Recipient of Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Grant
INDIANAPOLIS, November 22, 2016 – The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation has awarded $85,000 to the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB), a program of the Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., in support of its production of The Nutcracker with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on December 16 – 18. The primary mission of the Allen Whitehill Charitable Foundation is “to support charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities”.
It has been over 30 years since the world-renowned Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) performed The Nutcracker ballet. This will be ISB’s first time performing with live music celebrating their 10th Anniversary production. The ISO will feature an ensemble of 45 musicians, led by ISO assistant conductor Vince Lee who has premiered more than 200 works to date.
“We are thrilled to partner with the remarkable Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,” said Victoria Lyras, Founding Artistic Director of ISB. “We are always looking to collaborate with other arts organizations in effort of growing audiences to experience the arts in the community. We couldn’t think of a finer organization than the ISO to partner with and we are most grateful to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation for their very generous grant in making this dream a reality.”
Indianapolis School of Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a timeless two-act ballet featuring choreography by Victoria Lyras (ISB’s founding Artistic Director and former principal dancer and soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet and a Balanchine protégé), Robert Rodham (former Regisseur of the Pennsylvania Ballet), and George Balanchine (founder of the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet). Lyras is staging Balanchine’s famous Grand Pas de Deux© from Act II of The Nutcracker with permission from The George Balanchine Trust.
Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, or by visiting the box office in the Old National Centre on 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN. Special pricing is available for students and seniors.
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