November 11, 2014 | By Tony Gallo | email@example.com
Like all Newsmaker events, this press conference is open to credentialed press and NPC club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.
The production will mark the U.S. premiere of star ballerina Misty Copeland in the leading roles of Odette/Odile. It 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. Copeland is scheduled to dance with the Washington Ballet's Brooklyn Mack, one of the most pre-eminent African-American male classical-ballet dancers.
Copeland and Mack plan to speak at the Newsmakers press conference, along with Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet; Arthur Espinoza Jr., managing director of the Washington Ballet; and, Kate Goodall, chief operating officer of the S&R Foundation, Evermay Chamber Orchestra.
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 Barack Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
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.