The Development of a Beautiful Partnership

Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker and author once said, “Relationships are the hallmark of the mature person.” Perhaps this idea can also be extended to institutional partnerships.

Since opening its doors, the Zoellner Arts Center has been a premier venue for a number of local arts organizations. The facilities, acoustics, production staff, audience services, even the attached parking garage make Zoellner a jewel of an asset for the Lehigh Valley.  The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s annual festival and Touchstone Theater’s Annual Young Playwright’s Festival have recently occurred. This week, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley returns for a second time this season to present their spring production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Zoellner is not only a great venue; it is the “home office” for a number of artists who partner creatively with other artists and arts organization.  Next year, when the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley returns to Zoellner for the 45th annual production of the The Nutcracker, they will add a 45-piece live orchestra. The orchestra will be comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, including esteemed Lehigh University Music Department faculty members.

Eugene Albulescu, an Associate Professor at Lehigh and the R. J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Orchestral Studies, will serve as conductor.  Albulescu is pleased that the orchestra will bring a new dimension to PYB’s Nutcracker. “My daughters have been hooked on the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker for several years.  This is one of the finest productions you will see, and something I will be extremely excited to be involved with.  It promises to be one of the best musical collaborations I have done in several years.”

Jennifer Altemose, vice-president of PYB’s board of directors, says the production will be remarkable in more than one way. “We will be able to unveil to over 4,000 school students and 3,000 audience members the notion that ballet is a combination of many amazing art forms, where live music inspires dancers, and vice versa. The audience will be able to feel the music as well as hear it, and the school students, many of whom for the first time, will have the opportunity to experience the excitement of live dancers and musicians.”

The Arts@Lehigh bloggers are excited to see the development of the relationship between the Ballet Guild and the Zoellner Arts Center. Mutually beneficial partnerships like this mean great things for the arts and for the Lehigh Valley. Since we’re such media nerds, we had to plug in this pop culture quote. We know you’re thinking about it:

270779_606211786057748_2056514383_nWe’re looking forward to seeing the Midsummer Night’s Dream production this Friday, as well as seeing the return of all the yellow school busses on East Packer Avenue next December. There’s a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep a moment of wonder alive for our children, and for our community. If you’re thinking about seeing the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream –

Friday, May 24, 7:00 pm, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center

Tickets now on sale.  Click here to purchase your tickets through the Zoellner Arts Center Box Office, or you may phone, or visit in person. Box office hours are noon to 5pm today through Friday, as well as 90 minutes before curtain.

by phone:  610- 758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), ext. 0 – for more details.