Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Sleeping Beauty”

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$45 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$55 Preferred 2
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Russian Festival No. 2

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Terrance Orr, director
William Wolfram, piano

Returning to the Amphitheater stage following a stunning Chautauqua debut in 2017, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre once again joins forces with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. This program will feature selections from one of the most beloved ballets of all time, Sleeping Beauty. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lush musical score is celebrated in this concert, which is the second of three performances in the CSO’s inaugural “Russian Festival.” The performance will also include selected students from Chautauqua’s own School of Dance.

One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since 1969.

The company’s eclectic style and irrepressible energy have been shaped by a series of distinguished artistic directors over nearly five decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. Since 1997, the company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet.

WWPic3William Wolfram, piano

American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras and conductors of the world, and has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. In all of these genres, he is highly sought after for his special focus on the music of Franz Liszt and Beethoven and is a special champion for the music of modernist 20th century American composers.