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Performances

Peter Pan, The Ballet

 

Based on the beloved story by J.M. Barrie, this family-friendly ballet is for the young at heart, and speaks to that part of us that never wants to grow up. “All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust!” Join John, Michael, and Wendy as Peter takes them past the second star to right, where adventure awaits with the lost boys, mermaids and pirates! The clever Tinkerbell saves Peter’s life so he can have one last sword-swinging, high-flying adventure with his arch nemesis, Captain Hook. Don’t miss Peter and the Darling children as they fly into Neverland!

Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. 610-758-2787, Box Office

 

 

The Nutcracker at Zoellner!

 

December 2019 – with full orchestra and chorus for “Waltz of the Snowflakes”

Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director

Eugene Albulescu, Music Director

To view a copy of this year’s Nutcracker souvenir program printed by Christmas City Printing, please click the following link:  2019 Nutcracker Program

To view a copy of the beautiful souvenir 50th Anniversary 2018 Nutcracker program as printed by Christmas City Printing, please click the following link: Program – Nutcracker 2018

 

 

Past performances

Spring Ballet 2019 – Coppelia

Click here to read an article about our production in The Bethlehem Press!

The BGLV/PYB annual spring ballet was presented at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center on the evening of May 31, 2019, with choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr, and included an original puppet by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre.  One of the best-loved comedic ballets, Coppélia is an enchanting tale about a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates.  When a village boy becomes infatuated with the doll (thinking it’s a real girl!), his fiancée becomes unhappy. The ensuing mix-ups and misunderstandings between the two young lovers sets the stage for plenty of hilarity.  With colorful costumes and joyful dancing, this ballet was a delightful treat for both young and old alike!  Coppélia features the beautiful music of Léo Delibes, a French composer of the Romantic era, who specialized in ballets, operas, and other stage works. He influenced some of the greatest composers, among them Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Drigo.

 

 

 

-Photos by Hub Willson-

 

Appalachian Spring Suite with Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Copland’s timeless music was performed by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra with seventeen Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers on stage at Miller Symphony Hall in February 2019. The concert featured new choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr.

You can read about the concert here: Morning Call Article – Appalachian Spring Concert – Feb 2019

 

 

 


2018 Spring Ballet

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods”

At Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University – Friday, June 1, 2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a ballet about the transforming power of love, is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. It features the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer of the Romantic era, who excelled in all aspects of music. A child prodigy, he wrote the overture to this work when he was only 17 years old.

“The Enchanted Woods” is a new comedic ballet, featuring beloved fairy tale characters and their hilarious misadventures as they stroll through the woods. With original music composed by Music Director Eugene Albulescu, Artistic Director Karen Knerr has choreographed this especially for Pennsylvania Youth Ballet students.