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Moscow Festival Ballet to visit SSU

PORTSMOUTH — “Swan Lake,” the most popular of all classical ballets, based on the Russian legend of Odette, the Swan Maiden, and Prince Siegfried, is coming to Portsmouth.

It is set to one of Peter Tchaikovsky’s most beloved scores and continues to appeal to young and old alike.

The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing “Swan Lake” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The Moscow Festival Ballet, under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, has performed this fairy tale story around the world.

The ballet company was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classical ballet.

For more information, call (740) 351-3600 or e-mail boxoffice@sopaa.org. To purchase tickets, order by phone, go to any Ticketmaster or Kroger’s store or go to the McKinley Box Office in the Selby Grande Lobby of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket price is $30 to $34 each with discounts for students and seniors.