Apr. 22: New Works Opening Gala

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH
SPECIAL NEW WORKS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008 IN SAN FRANCISCO

WHAT: San Francisco Ballet—America’s oldest professional ballet company—will mark the culmination of its 75th Anniversary Season, with a special dinner on April 22, 2008 celebrating the opening of the highly anticipated New Works Festival.

This festive black-tie event will begin with a cocktail reception in San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, followed by dinner in an elegant tented pavilion adjacent to the Opera House. Dinner co-chairs for the event are Ann Fisher, Mary Jo Kovacevich, and Yurie Pascarella. Dinner vice-chair is Kati Kádár Lynn.

The New Works Festival, which opens over three consecutive nights and runs from April 22-May 6, 2008, will feature the world premiere works of ten renowned choreographers: Julia Adam, Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo, Margaret Jenkins, James Kudelka, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokhov, Paul Taylor, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon.

WHERE: The New Works Festival Opening Night Celebration Pavilion adjacent to the War Memorial Opera House

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception, War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
6:00 p.m. Dinner, Tented Pavilion

TICKET INFORMATION:
For further information or to place an order for tickets, please visit
www.sfballet.org/75thcelebrations or 415.553.4655.

About San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933. It performed the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first production of Coppelia choreographed by an American choreographer. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam, and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award, its first, in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance,” for its 2004 London tour. In 2006, San Francisco Ballet was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, San Francisco Ballet celebrates its 75th anniversary.

FURTHER INFORMATION
For more information about San Francisco Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Season, please visit www.sfballet.org/at75. For ticket information, call 415.865.2000.