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Music Professor to Direct Ballet Feb. 22, 23

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Posted: Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Feb. 21, 2013

Thomas Octave, Saint Vincent College assistant professor of music and chair of the music department in the school of humanities and fine arts, will conduct the world premier of the ballet, Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope, by Nancy Galbraith at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and 23 with the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra.

This is the newest and most powerful contemporary ballet written and choreographed by Maria Caruso, artistic director, and performed by the artists of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.

Caruso’s two-act ballet is an artistic tribute to The Highmark Caring Place, champions to the cause of grieving children. The subject of loss and bereavement is the focus of children who have utilized the services of the Caring Place. The ballet is an in-depth examination of the grieving process and emotional struggles that children feel when they have experienced the loss of a parent or loved one. It further examines the power of strategic coping mechanisms offered through the invaluable support system children receive at the Caring Place.

The ballet is a journey of movement expression, finely woven together by an original score by Galbraith, embedded with a narrative of stories adapted from children themselves. It is a poignant exploration of human loss, the strength to move forward, and the undeniable power of human connection.

For ticket information, call 412-456-6666.

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