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CPYB Ends Season with Contemporary Classic Collaboration by
Internationally regarded choreographer Alan Hineline
Critically acclaimed Philly composer Jeremy Gill
Renowned chamber ensemble Concertante

Carlisle, Pa. (May 17, 2012)– Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) caps off its 2011/12 performance season with the powerful world premiere collaboration of Alan Hineline’s 25 during the June Series production. Athletic and refined, 25 fuses Hineline’s keen ability to “physically illuminate the music” with 21st Century composer Jeremy Gills'  intricate, carefully wrought and free-wheeling “25 for String Quartet.” The ballet and music were both commissioned by the Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation. The music will be performed live by the renowned chamber ensemble Concertante, directed by Xiao-Dong Wang.

In addition, CPYB’s four days of June Series includes more than 20 different ballets performed by more than 135 dancers. The mixed repertory programs range from contemporary to classical, creating five unique programs ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate.

“Rhythmically intricate, physically expansive, and delicately human, June Series reflects the very best of who CPYB is as a ballet company,” said CEO and Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline. “In an outstandingly grand view of human potential, the dynamic display of thrilling choreography in CPYB’s mixed repertory program makes each dance moment count for more!”

June Seriesruns Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23, at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, where CPYB is Resident Ballet Company. Tickets are $16 for the 7 p.m. weekday performances and $30 for the Saturday 1 & 6 p.m. performances. Tickets are available by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), online at whitakercenter.org, and in person at the Whitaker Center Box Office. Performance program details are also online at CPYB.org. (Schedule attached)

CPYB is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Cultural Enrichment Fund.

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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 schulte@cpyb.org. Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte. 

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About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of the students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet.

About CPYB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline
Hineline brings a rare blend of business acumen and artistic expertise to one of the nation’s foremost schools of classical ballet. He comes directly to CPYB after serving as artistic director and chief operating officer (COO) of Ballet Philippines. A sought-after choreographer and ballet master, Hineline’s work has appeared in the repertories of many companies in North America and has been received enthusiastically in performances around the globe. In 1997 at the invitation of Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Hineline was named resident choreographer for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During the last 15 years, he has created numerous ballets for this internationally acclaimed school and company. His body of work can be seen in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Atlanta Ballet, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among many others. His work has been performed at the New York International Ballet Competition, the Aoyama International Ballet Festival in Tokyo, and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the founder of CPYB’s choreographic initiative, ChoreoPlan. Among his many awards is the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation, as well as multiple National Choreography Awards from Regional Dance America.

About Composer Jeremy Gill
Jeremy Gill's music has been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Dolce Suono Ensemble, and Network for New Music, among many others, and has been performed by Peter Orth, Stephen Gosling, Maria Bachmann, Mimi Stillman, Randall Scarlata, Casal String Quartet, Rochester Philharmonic, and Harrisburg Symphony, to name only a few. 2011–2012 saw the premieres of “Fantasy Etudes” for four oboes at the Eastman School of Music, commissioned by Richard Killmer, and “3 Songs About Words,” commissioned by Lucy Miller Murray and Concert Artists Guild for Sarah Wolfson. He has released two CDs on the Albany Records label, both to critical acclaim, and is currently composing a major new work for the 2010 Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, commissioned by Chamber Music America, and a piano concerto/choral work for Ching-Yun Hu and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, both to be premiered in 2013.

Jeremy’s second CD was released in 2011, featuring Peter Orth in “Book of Hours” and Jonathan Hays and Jeremy in “Helian.” Fanfare Magazine hailed this new release, deeming it "an ambitious evocation of the ancient power of music’s most basic elements," and remarking on Jeremy’s "keen ear for exotic sonorities." Shortly thereafter, Philadelphia City Paper listed it as #4 on their "Best Classical Releases of 2011." Of his first CD of chamber music, released in 2008, the American Record Guide remarked: "Jeremy Gill has imagination, and his music is well worth hearing, reading about, and investigating."

About Concertante Artistic Director Xiao-Dong Wang
Violinist Xiao-Dong Wang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of ten. Wang was First Prize winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition and First Prize winner in the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition at the ages of 13 and 15. He was brought to the attention of Dorothy DeLay of The Juilliard School who arranged for him to begin a four-year scholarship starting in 1986. A guest soloist of considerable experience, Wang has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the London Mozart Players, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Opera Orchestra. His recording credits include the “Bartok Concerto No. 2” and “Szymanowski Concerto No. 1”for Polygram records. He has also performed on both violin and viola in chamber music concerts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aspen, Ravinia and in many other festival and musical events worldwide. Wang is serving as artistic director of Concertante starting the 2011-12 season.

June Series performance schedule at
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Free Dance
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20

Choreographer Laszlo Berdo kicks off the four days of repertory programs with the Company debut of his newest classical work Symphonic Variations. Berdo brought us the season’s first collaboration, the rollicking hit Carnival of the Animals. The evening’s program includes an inspiring collection of ballets showcasing the artistic talents of the “next generation” of CPYB dancers. CPYB’s special buy-one-get-one-free ticket price makes it an evening the entire family can enjoy!

New Dance Plus
7 p.m. Thursday, June 21
New works from the young choreographic talent of CPYB plus the first original ballet created in America by the legendary George Balanchine lead the way for Thursday’s performance. Audiences will experience an evening of artful choreography brought out in the eclectic music of prolific American composer Philip Glass (born 1937), “post-classical” British composer Max Richter (born 1966), and French classicist Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Twenty-six dancers bathed in the stunning, ice-blue tones of Josh Monroe’s lighting bring the eternal beauties of Balanchine’s Serenade to life.

See the Music Dance
7 p.m. Friday, June 22

Theatre-goers will discover a treasure trove of illustrious dancing with the world premiere of Hineline’s 25. Featuring live music by Concertante, Hineline’s contemporary 25 showcases the dancers’ athletic movements through his trademark musicality. Veteran costume director Betty Smith creates vibrantly stylish costumes after fashion designer Sebastian St. John’s pattern. Two George Balanchine favorites – Who Cares? andDivertimento No. 15 – complete the program. The infectious joy of Balanchine’s homage to George Gershwin ignites in Who Cares?, a work choreographed to 16 Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” Embraceable You,” and “My One and Only.” The 20th Century master of pure dance, Balanchine’s choreography effortlessly unfolds along Mozart’s music in Divertimento No. 15.

Last Dance/Last Chance
1 & 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23

CPYB brings its 2011/12 season to a close with two Saturday performances featuring an array of dance legends and styles. Encore performances include Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Divertimento No. 15, and Hineline’s 25, and more – sure to bring audiences to their feet.

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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 schulte@cpyb.org. Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.