NEW ORLEANS (press release) – New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) brings national treasure and international favorite American Ballet Theatre (ABT) to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m.

American Ballet Theatre returns to New Orleans for the first time in nearly half a century bringing its masterpiece Don Quixote, accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Mahalia Jackson Theater to close out NOBA’s blockbuster season. “Here is a ballet with a coherent story, a colorful cast of characters, a score that throws off one irresistible tune after another,” raves the Observer.

Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, having performed in all 50, and has appeared in a total of 45 countries, most recently with triumphant successes in Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong. On April 27, 2006, by an act of Congress, American Ballet Theatre was designated America’s National Ballet Company®.

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