The Sacramento Ballet announced Tuesday its 2013-14 season, which features five major productions as well as the return of favorite in-studio performances.
Titled "Beauty, Bravura & Brilliance," the 59th season also coincides with Carinne Binda's 25th year as co-artistic director at the company. In honor of the anniversary, she took the lead in designing the season of past successes.
"These were her favorite picks," said Mimi Kent, the company's marketing director.
"The Firebird," three individual works inspired by Russian artistic traditions, starts the season from Oct. 24-27. The company will continue the following weekend with two showings of "Cinderella."
For the 26th consecutive year, co-artistic director Ron Cunningham's production of "The Nutcracker" will take over the Community Center Theater for 13 shows from Dec. 7 to 22. New this year: four of the performances will be accompanied by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra.
Last year, every "Nutcracker" show had pre-recorded music because of budget constraints. This year, audiences can make the choice and pay a higher premium for the orchestra shows.
"We're happy to have the Philharmonic back. It's exciting," Kent said.
The season continues over Valentine's Day Feb. 13 to 16 with "Wild, Sweet Love," a program of three works focused on love, longing and desire.
The major productions at the Community Center Theater will close with Cunningham's "The Great Gatsby," from March 27 to 30, which is back for the second year. Last year's performance was acclaimed for its blending of classical ballet, period dance from the 1920s and live jazz.
"Modern Masters" the company's annual tribute to the latest in contemporary dance returns in May to the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College. And expect a slew of other events, including the popular Beer and Ballet series, to be announced at a later date.
There is also a new strategy regarding subscription pricing.
"In the past, we have offered super discounts at the very last minute," Kent said. "We're reversing that now. We don't want subscribers to feel penalized for buying early."
The company hopes to guarantee that no tickets will be sold at a price lower than what subscribers pay.
Until Sept. 8, subscribers receive 20 percent off their tickets.
For more information, call (916) 552-5800 or go to www.sacballet.org.
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