May 14, 2009
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
TO ATTEND OPENING NIGHT GALA
AT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
MONDAY, MAY 18 AT
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
First Lady Michelle Obama will attend American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala on Monday evening, May 18 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Mrs. Obama and President Barack Obama are Honorary Chairmen of ABT’s 2009 Spring Gala.
American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala, which begins at 6:30 P.M., kicks off the Company’s eight week season at the Metropolitan Opera House and features ABT’s Principal Dancers in highlights from the season, a special guest appearance by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and a performance by the students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.
“It is with honor and great pleasure that we welcome Michelle Obama to American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala celebration,” said Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. “This administration’s commitment to the arts and, in particular, arts education, is music to our ears. The combination of seasoned artists and young talent on our stage is a true testament to the importance of that ongoing commitment.”
A Gala dinner under the Tent at Lincoln Center will immediately follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets priced at $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500 include the performance and post-performance dinner. For Gala benefit ticket information only, call American Ballet Theatre’s Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239. Performance-only tickets, priced $30 to $150, are available at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000.