Ballet and opera under the stars with End of Summer Concert Series

OMAHA – Sept. 7, 2014 – American Midwest Ballet and longtime collaborators, Opera Omaha, joined forces last Thursday at Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park Pavilion for a free night of extraordinary balletic and operatic entertainment.
The evening began at 6:30 pm as American Midwest Ballet performed the spirited, playful, 1960’s-savanna inspired Party Animals in its entirety, and Les Odaliques from the 19th century classic ballet, Le Corsaire.

Vivi DiMarco in ‘Les Odalisques’ (2014)

Later, Opera Omaha commanded the stage as four internationally-known opera stars performed some of opera’s greatest hits accompanied by the Opera Omaha Chorus. American Midwest Ballet’s Erika Overturff and Sasha York made a second dance appearance in the opera’s excerpt of The Merry Widow.
American Midwest Ballet performed with its full company of professional dancers featuring choreography and costumes ranging from classical and delicate to contemporary and out-of-this-world. Opera Omaha’s music was sung with projected translations from the original languages – French, German, Italian – as well as English supertitles.
With friends, lawn chairs and picnic baskets in hand, over 5,000 people enjoyed the family-friendly outdoor event in what turned out to be a beautiful evening of ballet and opera under the stars.
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Outtakes from a recent studio rehearsal for ‘Party Animals’ (2014)

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