November 14, 2009 7:02:00 PM
The Columbus Arts Council presents the award-winning Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya in a "Classical Holiday Ballet Gala" Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. The professional dance troupe of Russia will bring to life Tchaikovsky''s most beloved numbers from the second act of "The Nutcracker," as well as other classical gems. They will also perform "Remember When," a new one-act ballet to the music of George and Ira Gershwin during the festive event at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus.
This seasonal gala inspired by the holiday touring shows of Anna Pavlova will feature the most famous dances from "The Nutcracker" choreographed by Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, based on Vasily Vainonen''s 1934 version for the Kirov Ballet. Willis-Aarnio is professor emeritus and former head of dance at Texas Tech University.
The Columbus Girl Choir, under the direction of Dr. Cherry Dunn, will also perform musical selections.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and children, and are available at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., in downtown Columbus. For more information, contact the Columbus Arts Council at 662-328-ARTS (2787).