Ballet West Opens 2009-10 Season With Long-Awaited Return of "The Dream"

Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s” Tale Highlights Triple Bill

Ballet West opens its 2009-10 season with Sir Frederick Ashton’s "The Dream," a hilarious one-hour telling of Shakespeare’s moon-lit masterpiece “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” October 30, 31 and November 4-7 at the Capitol Theatre. Returning to Ballet West for the first time in more than 10 years, "The Dream" is one of three works on the season opener. The program also features the Ballet West premiere of Ben Stevenson’s stunning, romantic pas de deux "Three Preludes" and Bruce Marks’ beautiful dance poem about the pioneer settlers – "Songs of the Valley," performed to Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs for chorus and orchestra."

"The Dream" and "Three Preludes" will be accompanied by the Utah Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ballet West Principal Conductor Terence Kern. For "Songs of the Valley," the Orchestra will be conducted by award-winning composer, pianist and entertainer Kurt Bestor, who has not conducted a Ballet West performance in nearly 20 years. Evening performances of "The Dream" begin at 7:30 p.m., October 30, 31 and November 4-7, with a matinee on November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the performances of "The Dream," Ballet West is offering Warm Ups. These fun and informative discussions are free of charge to ticket holders and will begin promptly one hour prior to each performance. Get the inside scoop on the evening’s program including background on the ballet, information on the choreographer and other interesting behind-the-scenes facts. At Warm Ups, members of the Ballet West artistic staff are available to answer any questions that the audience might have.

Tickets to "The Dream" are available now by calling Ballet West’s Subscriber Services at (801) 869-6920 or online at www.balletwest.org. Single tickets are available through ArtTix by calling 355-ARTS (2787) or 1-888-451-2787, at www.arttix.org, or at the Capitol Theatre ticket office. Ticket prices range from $18 to $72.

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