Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ballet Newsmaker on November 18

Misty Copeland and Septime Weber to appear at National Press Club. http://cur.aegallo.com
NPC Newsmaker Program
TO: Daybooks/Calendar/Correspondents/Assignment Editors/Press Offices...
FROM: Herb Perone, NPC Newsmakers Chairman, 301-512-7636, herb@peronecomm.com

Washington Arts Luminaries to Discuss Washington Ballet’s Historic Debut of Swan Lake with Renowned African-American Ballerina Misty Copeland
And New Partnership with Evermay Chamber Orchestra
Washington, DC – Representatives of The Washington Ballet (TWB), the Evermay Chamber Orchestra and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Soloist Misty Copeland will discuss their joint venture for the historic April 2015 debut of Swan Lake at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, November 18.
The production will mark the U.S. premiere of star ballerina Misty Copeland in the leading roles of Odette/Odile. The production will also launch performances by musical artists of S&R Foundation’s Evermay Chamber Orchestra in The Washington Ballet’s first-ever full-length production of this quintessential ballet.
Misty Copeland has been on a meteoric rise to stardom as one of the nation’s most celebrated African-American ballerinas, only the second African-American ballerina to be promoted to soloist at ABT. Copeland authored the New York Times best-selling memoir] Life in Motion and is the worldwide face of Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign. Recently she appeared as a guest judge on the television show So You Think You Can Dance and was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
Copeland is scheduled to dance with TWB’s Brooklyn Mack, one of the most pre-eminent African-American male classical ballet dancers. Copeland and Mack will speak at the Newsmakers news conference, along with Septime Webre, TWB Artistic Director; Arthur Espinoza Jr., TWB Managing Director; and, Kate Goodall, COO of the S&R Foundation, Evermay Chamber Orchestra.
The Evermay Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of highly refined artists from five continents, assembled by S&R Foundation Washington Award Grand Prize Winner Tamaki Kawakubo. Swan Lake will be conducted by Kuwaiti-born Nabil Shehata, an award-winning double bassist. He is a frequent guest soloist of prestigious orchestras.
This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Holeman Lounge, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045.
Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed press and NPC club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

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