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Youth Ballet & Youth Orchestra Together for the First Time!
CPYB ends season with two world premieres

Carlisle, Pa. (May 1, 2014) – The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) caps off its 2013/14 performance season with its annual June Series production, bringing two unique choreographic voices to the Whitaker stage in two world premieres. Performance after performance, the four spectacular days of inspired repertory selections features more than 20 different ballets including the talented musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO) in the first ever CPYB collaboration with the Youth Orchestra. In addition is the world premiere from rising choreographic star Kiyon Gaines.

June Series runs Weds.-Sat., June 18-21, at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, where CPYB is the Resident Ballet Company. Tickets are available by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), online at, and in person at the Whitaker Center Box Office at 222 North Market Street in Harrisburg. Schedule and ticket pricing attached.

“Each work in June Series exemplifies the varied and rewarding effects of great choreography,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “CPYB is firm in our commitment to support the region’s artistic community with outstanding performance collaborations. Working together, as in the collaboration with the HSYO, expands the creative horizons of all these wonderful young people; and audiences experience performances that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend!”

Accomplished choreographer Alan Hineline, who is also the CPYB Resident Choreographer, will premiere his newest commission in the Company’s collaboration with the HSYO. For the new ballet, Hineline will use Edvard Grieg’s impeccable Holberg Suite for String Orchestra. Inhale a fresh breath of energy as the purity of Grieg’s harmonies unfolds in the vitality of the refined CPYB dancers and the talented musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. Distinguished Conductor Gregory Woodbridge will lead the Youth Orchestra live performances.

HSYO Director and Conductor Woodbridge is equally pleased with the new relationship. “I am very excited that we can bring together two arts organizations, both known for high quality training and excellent performances by young people in our region. All of us are musically and artistically strengthened by such collaborations for the simple reason that we push one another to produce our best for each other. This is extremely valuable training for young people – to work for the excellence of something much larger than the individual. This is a very unique opportunity in our area, and I hope that we can pursue further and more in-depth experiences for our two youth organizations.”

The second world premiere, created by Kiyon Gaines, will take audiences on an enthralling frenetic ride. Gaines chose as his music from the freshly elaborate pieces of new-music maestro Max Richter’s Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons. Critics use words like “electric,” “dynamic” and “charged” to describe this outstanding Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist and Baltimore native’s dancing. “Compositionally gifted,” Gaines reflects this same vibrant personality in his choreography. 

“There is nothing like creating a work for dancers who love to dance,” said Gaines. “The dancers and the training at CPYB have a stellar reputation in the dance world, and I am thrilled to have been invited to share my choreography with the dancers. I look forward to contributing an energizing, exciting and fresh work to both the CPYB organization and to the entire southcentral Pennsylvania audience.”

Premieres pair with thrilling repertory in this absorbing mixed bill. The four days of the CPYB June Series includes ballets ranging from contemporary to classical creating five unique programs ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Attachments: About the Lineup and About the Artists


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers and staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.

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