Milwaukee, Wis. – July 14, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet announced today that dancer Justin Genna will appear in a production of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata as part of the Music by the Lake series Saturday, July 24 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, July 25 (4:30 p.m.) One of the most popular and accessible operas of all time, La Traviata is set to an emotional and melodious score, and features the Music by the Lake Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and some of the nation's finest emerging young professionals including Genna. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, please visit musicbythelake.com.
About Music by the Lake
The original Music by the Lake series was held on the George Williams College campus. A 1951 appearance by De Paur's Infantry Chorus in Lewis Auditorium was the inaugural performance. Unfortunately, the popular summer festival was discontinued in 1968 due to escalating costs and lagging support. In 2001, Music by the Lake was revived, and the organization is happy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the revival.
About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 16 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.