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Montreal Ballet Company Juxtaposes Two Dances in Italian Evening at Eisenhower

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Montreal Ballet Company Juxtaposes Two Dances in Italian Evening

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de MontrĂ©al performs two dances, both choreographed by Italian Mauro Bigonzetti but quite different in style, when the troupe visits Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Italian Evening features The Four Seasons, set to beloved music by Vivaldi, and Cantata, performed to live music sung by Gruppo Musicale Assurd.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $48 for an adult, $20 for a University Park student and $39 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

The Four Seasons is preternaturally angular and airy, a balletic-based study of dancers as creatures with [recorded] music by the Venetian-born Antonio Vivaldi,” wrote a Boston Globe reviewer. “Cantata is earthy and human, utilizing a hearty, sweaty, barefoot modern-dance vocabulary with live accompaniment by Gruppo Musicale Assurd, an all-female quartet who perform contemporary compositions and traditional music of southern Italy.”

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