American Ballet Theatre’s 2014 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House opens Monday, May 12 with the annual Spring Gala benefit at 6:30 P.M. Sponsored by LANVIN, the evening will feature ABT’s renowned Principal Dancers in preview performances from the eight-week season.
Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chair of ABT’s Spring Gala. Emily Blavatnik, Nina Rennert Davidson, Nancy McCormick, Kalliope Karella Rena, Mary Elizabeth Snow and Monica G-S Wambold will serve as Co-Chairs.
Vice Chairs for the evening include Cecile Andrau-Martel, Valentino Carlotti, Donna and Richard Esteves, Susan Feinstein, Victoria Phillips, Martin and Toni Sosnoff and Sutton Stracke. Junior Co-Chairs for the evening are Sarah Arison, Julia Spillman-Gover and Mark Tashkovich.
A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Gala will support ABT’s education and community outreach programs.
American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala performance will feature selections from the season’s full-length ballets including Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppélia, La Bayadère, The Dream, Giselle and Manon. The evening will also include a performance by students from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, Jiří Kylián’s Nuages and excerpts from Gaîté Parisienne.
A Gala dinner at The Tent at Lincoln Center will immediately follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets priced at $1,500, $2,500, $3,500 and $5,000 include the performance and post-performance dinner and dancing. For Gala benefit ticket information only, call American Ballet Theatre’s Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3310.
Performance-only tickets, beginning at $25, are available online, at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000. For more information, please visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org.