Friends University Ballet Kicks Off 25-Year Celebration

News Date: 
Fri. 09/28/2012

The Friends University Ballet Department is celebrating 25 years of outstanding ballet productions and the state’s only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet program. The Ballet Department will kick off its 25th year with Fall Ballet of Favorites performances Oct. 5 and 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. The year’s performance schedule will feature the Fall Ballet of Favorites, The Nutcracker and the Spring Ballet. A variety of new ballets and guest choreographers will be featured to celebrate the past 25 years and to launch the program’s next 25 years.

This fall’s ballet will include two great crowd pleasers, The Firebird by Stravinsky, and Serenade for Strings composed by Tchaikovsky. Both ballets are choreographed by Director of Ballet Stan K. Rogers.

Serenade for Strings was composed in 1880 and is a late Romantic era piece flooded with beauty from the lush score. The ballet is sometimes slow and romantic and then quickens to a point where speed overtakes the dancers. The ballet is choreographed for 18 women and three men dressed in powder blue. The women are in tulle as if it is a bright moonlit night.  

The Firebird was composed in 1910 by Igor Stravinsky. The ballet is based on a Russian folk tale of a magical glowing bird and the journey of a Prince in the magical realm of the evil Kashchei. This ballet is the magical telling of the tale, which audiences have enjoyed for decades.

Tickets for the show are $16 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 and at the door if seats are available.

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