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ABT to Host 2014 Spring Gala at the Met, 5/12; Michelle Obama to Serve as Honorary Chair

ABT to Host 2014 Spring Gala at the Met, 5/12; Michelle Obama to Serve as Honorary Chair

American Ballet Theatre's 2014 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House opens Monday, May 12 with the annual Spring Gala benefit at 6:30P.M. Sponsored by LANVIN, the evening will feature ABT's renowned Principal Dancers in preview performances from the eight-week season.

Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chair of ABT's Spring Gala. Emily Blavatnik, Nina Rennert Davidson, Nancy McCormick, Kalliope Karella Rena, Mary Elizabeth Snow and Monica G-S Wambold will serve as Co-Chairs.

Vice Chairs for the evening include Cecile Andrau-Martel, Valentino Carlotti, Donna and Richard Esteves, Susan Feinstein, Victoria Phillips, Martin and Toni Sosnoff and Sutton Stracke. Junior Co-Chairs for the evening are Sarah Arison, Julia Spillman-Gover and Mark Tashkovich.

A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Gala will support ABT's education and community outreach programs.

American Ballet Theatre's Spring Gala performance will feature selections from the season's full-length ballets including Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppélia,

La Bayadère, The Dream, Giselle and Manon. The evening will also include a

performance by students from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, Ji?í

A Gala dinner at The Tent at Lincoln Center will immediately follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets priced at $1,500, $2,500, $3,500 and $5,000 include the performance and post-performance dinner and dancing. For Gala benefit ticket information only, call American Ballet Theatre's Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3310.

Performance-only tickets, beginning at $25, are available online, at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000. For more information, please visit ABT's website at www.abt.org.


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