50th Anniversary Evening of Stars
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Celebrating 50 years of “Bringing Dance to Life” in New Orleans, the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) continues its golden anniversary year with a glittering, star-studded 50th Anniversary Evening of Stars on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. This elegant evening dazzles with a stunning program of classical masterpieces from Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Raymonda and Flower Festival of Genzano to sleek contemporary works performed by an all-star cast of preeminent artists, including international ballet superstars stars Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz; and world-renowned principal dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté of National Ballet of Canada; Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili of The Joffrey Ballet; Ji-Young Chae and Derek Dunn of Boston Ballet; Nayara Lopes and Sterling Baca of Pennsylvania Ballet; Glen Allen Sims of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and more! The 50th Anniversary Evening of Stars is an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event. After the Evening of Stars performance, BRAVO (Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization) hosts its largest fundraiser of the year on the stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater. With honorary chairs Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards, 300 guests will move from audience to stage and be joined by the artists for a spectacular, grand-seated dinner by Hyatt Regency New Orleans’ 1718 Events.
“We are honored to celebrate 50 years of bringing dance to life with an extraordinary evening of exquisite artists followed by a unique opportunity to join them on the stage for dinner, chaired by Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards. In honor of Pamela and Warner Williams for their extraordinary leadership and contributions to NOBA, the evening will begin with special performances by NOBA Center for Dance alumni and students including a heartwarming tribute to New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint of the NOBA-commissioned work by David Parsons, Lagniappe, which was first performed with Toussaint at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on May 10, 2014. Plus, we will welcome home NOBA alumnus, Alex Danna and fellow Texas Ballet Theater artist and New Orleans native Adeline Melcher performing an exquisite work by choreographer Ben Stevenson,” comments NOBA Executive Director Jenny Hamilton.
The 50th Anniversary Evening of Stars performance tickets start at $20 and are available online at NOBAevents.com; by calling (504) 522-0996; in-person at NOBA’s Box Office, 935 Gravier Street, Suite 800; or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors are also available. Gala Packages including the dinner on the stage are available by contacting Francesca Martin at email@example.com or by calling NOBA at (504) 522-0996 ext. 208.
THE POST-PERFORMANCE GALA DINNER
After the Evening of Stars performance, BRAVO | Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization hosts its largest fundraiser of the year on the stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater. With honorary chairs Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards, 300 guests will move from audience to stage and be joined by the Evening of Stars artists for a spectacular, grand-seated gourmet dinner by 1718 Catering by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with décor by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques and Flowers.
The evening will feature music and dancing to Julio & César, a silent auction, Lee Michaels shopping spree raffle and more. All Gala package buyers receive premium seating to the performance, admittance to the Gala seated dinner on stage with the artists, VIP parking, and post-performance reception admittance. Benefactor-level tickets also include admittance to the champagne intermission reception with white-gloved service, an invitation to the exclusive Benefactor Dinner hosted by the Windsor Court Hotel on Feb. 11 and a treasured gift provided by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.
For Gala package information and tickets, call NOBA at (504) 522-0996 ext. 208 or visit NOBAevents.com.
The Evening of Stars performance is sponsored by Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The BRAVO Gala dinner is sponsored by 1718 Catering by Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Pan American Life Insurance Group, Pamela and Warner Williams, Windsor Court Hotel, Dunn and Sonnier Antiques and Florals, NOCCI and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.