Milwaukee Ballet and Florentine Opera Perform "On the Green"

Gathering on the Green Family Festival of the Performing Arts Celebrates 15 Years

MILWAUKEE -There’s one night each summer when Milwaukee Ballet and the Florentine Opera trade repertoires under the stars. Pack up the family and a picnic dinner or treat yourself to one of the on-site offerings that all converge for Gathering on the Green on Saturday, July 11 at Mequon Rotary Park. Tickets on sale now at all Milwaukee area Boston Stores, online at www.gatheringonthegreen.org or by phone at 262-236-0510.

Ballet and Opera fans of all ages are encouraged to treat themselves to the "Insiders Ticket Package" which includes two tickets to the Sponsor Village, two tickets to a buffet dinner catered by Shully’s (wine included), two premium reserved seats and one parking pass for $150. To purchase this package, patrons should contact Gathering on the Green at 262-236-0510.

Milwaukee Ballet Company will perform Le Corsair Pas de Deux and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances.

The Florentine Opera presents tenor John Pickle and soprano Tanya Kruse performing selections from Turandot, Tosca and Rigoletto, as well as duets from the world of musical theatre and traditional Italian songs.

About Gathering on the Green
For 15 years, Gathering on the Green has been creating a quality and exciting outdoor musical experience for the entire family to enrich audiences, the community and the performing arts. The 2009 event celebrates the best of Milwaukee’s performing arts in a Red, White and Blue Tribute that the whole family will enjoy.

Audiences will enjoy an evening of fun and enjoy a collaboration of performances with Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, Bel Canto Chorus and the Gathering on the Green Festival Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hynson. Critics hail the night's fireworks choreographed to music as “the best in the Milwaukee area.”

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 18 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 nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.