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An evening with the arts: Russian ballet comes to Tech

May 30, 2017

“What we’ve done with An Evening with the Arts is to try to make it much more of a celebratory evening coordinating with our LCTA events.”
–DON KACZVINSKY
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

John Stack
Staff Reporter | jes062@latech.edu

 

On April 26, Louisiana Tech will present An Evening with the Arts beginning with the jazz ensemble playing a few sets at about 6:30 p.m. followed by an evening of Russian ballet at the Howard Auditorium.

 

The event will be highlighted with the Russian National Ballet bringing the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet to the Howard Center for the Performing Arts stage with “Cinderella.”

 

Don Kaczvinsky, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said that this will be an ensemble to behold.

 

“What we’ve done with An Evening with the Arts is to try to make it much more of a celebratory evening coordinating with our LCTA events,” Kaczvinsky said. “This time there will be a jazz ensemble playing at the foundation at about 6:30. They’ll play a couple of sets and then we will bring some alumni in and then carry them over to the Howard Auditorium for an evening of Russian ballet.”

 

He said when the group came in before, it was a fantastic show and sold out.

 

Mark Guinn, professor and director of the School of Performing Arts, spoke with both a degree of reverence and rhapsody about the return of the Russian National Ballet’s return and production.

 

“And in the tradition of Russian Ballet it will have fabulous dancers, sumptuous costumes, beautiful lighting and some of the most gorgeous scenery to grace the Howard stage this season,” Guinn said. “Make your plans now to attend.”

 

Cherrie Sciro, coordinator of theater and professor in the School of Performing Arts, said she has been delighted in arranging this event.

 

“We immediately grasped at the opportunity to bring the RNB back to Louisiana Tech,” Sciro said. “This ballet company has been credited with inspiring young dancers from around the world with their technique, grace and all around enchantment.”

 

She said the Louisiana Tech Concert Association is honored to be hosting the Russian National Ballet for the second time in Howard Auditorium.

 

“When this inspiring ballet company first debuted on Howard stage, over one thousand people saw their performance of Swan Lake and there was still a line of hopefuls lined up at the door to get tickets,”Sciro said. “Their stellar performance was seen by a sold-out house and ended with a spontaneous standing ovation.”

 

She said “Cinderella” will no doubt continue their reputation with its euphoric music, flawless footwork and the hilarious stepsisters.

 

“The New York Times said, ‘The ballet was deliverance,’ and people all over the country describe the performance as passionate, perfectionist and awe-inspiring,” Sciro said. “It feels really great to know that we can bring this sort of entertainment to Tech to share with our student body. This is one event you will not want to miss.”

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