Roxey Ballet to Premiere MOWGLI, 4/26-27
The Roxey Ballet has announced the debut of "Mowgli", a full-length ballet based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Story.
A unique offering for children and families in the region, the hour-long whimsical production tells the story of Mowgli's love of the jungle and ultimate return to the Man Village. Featuring original music by Milan Svoboda, original choreography by creator and artistic director Mark Roxey, and original costumes by Alicia Worden, "Mowgli" is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Performances are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014. Tickets range in price from $38 - 50 and are available online at www.roxeyballet.org
Milan Svoboda is one of the leading personalities on the Czech musical scene. He gained international renown as a jazz pianist and band leader. His composing and conducting skills span a wide range of styles, including modern jazz, musicals, film, theater and contemporary classical music. Milan Svoboda was born in 1951 in Prague. He graduated from the organ class at the Prague Conservatory, studied musicology at Charles' University in Prague and composition at the Prague Academy of Music and at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA. In 1974 he founded his first jazz orchestra, the PRAGUE BIG BAND, which made a name for itself in the history of both Czech and European jazz. As a conductor and arranger Svoboda later led the combined Czech/Polish Big Band, which featured the finest soloists of both nations. In 90´th he led succesful young jazz orchestra CONTRABAND. He currently conducts again a creative Milan Svoboda Jazz Orchestra - Prague Big Band and his own Milan Svoboda Quartet. Svoboda has performed throughout Europe as well as overseas with his big bands, his quartet, his duo and as a soloist, he played at numerous jazz festivals and has an extensive discography to his credit (28 albums). He worked with many important jazz figures, including James Moody, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Lakatos, Aaron Scott, Phil Wilson, Sonny Constanzo, Victor Mendoza, Sigi Finkel, Jiri Stivin and many others.