Francia Russell and Kent Stowell Honored at Farewell Tribute by Pacific Northwest Ballet

Classic Arts News   Francia Russell and Kent Stowell Honored at Farewell Tribute by Pacific Northwest Ballet
 
The Pacific Northwest Ballet presents a tribute tonight to artistic directors Francia Russell and Kent Stowell, who are retiring at the end of the season after 28 years with the company.

The program for the performance at Seattle's McCaw Hall has not been announced in advance, so as to be a surprise for Russell and Stowell. It contains works significant to the careers of both, along with a number of premieres.

One selection has been announced: excerpts from George Balanchine's Liebeslieder Waltzer. Russell and Stowell's sons acquired the rights from the George Balanchine Trust for a one-time performance of the work as a tribute to their parents, who have performed the work many times between them.

Their son Christopher Stowell, artistic director of Oregon Ballet Theatre, is acting as artistic advisor for the evening's program, which will be followed by a Champagne reception.

Peter Boal, a dancer with the New York City Ballet, will take over the position of PNB's artistic director in the fall.


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