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Russian ballet to perform 'Swan Lake' classic at Mercyhurst on April 15

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happily ever after comes to life when a world-renowned dance company brings a beloved ballet to Mercyhurst University this spring.

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture concludes its 2013-14 MIAC Live season with the Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Swan Lake,” at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Arrive early for family-friendly fun when teachers from Mercy Center for the Arts lead crafts and creativity based on this classic tale at 6:30 p.m. in the Cummings Art Gallery.

Revered by audiences and dancers, “Swan Lake” is widely considered the greatest of all classical ballets. The ballet’s haunting beauty stems from its pure union with Tchaikovsky’s sublime score – most completely realized when 24 perfect swans emerge from the mist and move as one through the moonlight.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer, Sergei Radchenko, who envisioned a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of classic Russian movement. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in 20th Century full-length ballets, delighting audiences the world over.

Don’t miss “Swan Lake,” the final performance in the 2013-14 MIAC Live season that the whole family will enjoy. This performance of Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is sponsored by PNC Bank.

Tickets are $30 and $27 for adults, $27 and $24 for seniors, and $21 and $18 for students and youth 12 and under. For tickets, call the Box Office at 814-824-3000 or visit