Opera Columbus, BalletMet and Columbus Symphony to Present TWISTED at the Ohio Theatre, 9/25-28

Opera Columbus, BalletMet and Columbus Symphony to Present TWISTED at the Ohio Theatre, 9/25-28

In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 200 artists from BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus will join forces to open the 2014-15 season with what will undoubtedly be the arts event of the season, Twisted. A brilliant fusion of singers, dancers, and musicians will come together to perform dance premieres from four of today's hottest choreographers set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and more.

Twisted will be presented at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 pm; Friday, September 26, at 8 pm; Saturday, September 27, at 8 pm; and Sunday, September 28, at 1 pm. Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

Each of these locally revered and internationally recognized arts organizations brings its own distinct specializations and together create an extraordinary smörgåsbord of talent.

"So rarely do organizations of this caliber collaborate so intensely on stage," said BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. "This will be an unparalleled experience for both the audience and artists."

"This will truly be a delight for the eyes and ears," stated Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye. "We have integrated the remarkable talents of all three companies into an original and spectacular collaboration that showcases the world-class talent living and working right here in Columbus."

"The artistic, collaborative relationship between these organizations has quite simply produced a remarkable, not-to-be-missed work of art," said CSO Managing Director and CEO Bill Conner. "Partnerships such as this are what makes Columbus a great city to live in and puts us on the map on a national scale."

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation's largest dance companies. Its Dance Academy ranks among the top five largest dance-training centers affiliated with a professional company in the country, offering over 300 classes each week to students ages 3 to 84.

Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has made the commission and performance of new works a core organizational priority, with more than 150 BalletMet Premieres and hundreds of Columbus Premieres performed throughout our history. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 30,000 people annually. The DanceReach program also offers up to 60 scholarships each year to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who could not otherwise participate. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour. In the past, the company has toured 28 U.S. states and countries such as Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada. For more information, visit www.balletmet.org.

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

Established in 1981, Opera Columbus enriches central Ohio by educating, enlightening, and entertaining people of all ages and backgrounds through the live music theatre experience, employing a diverse repertoire of creative talent, ideas, and artistic energies. For more information, visit www.OperaColumbus.org.

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