by Lucy Foster
25 April 2009

   President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairman at the 69th Annual American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala on May 18th at the Metropolitan Opera House. The gala evening will feature a special farewell performance, A PI√ąCE D’OCCASION, created in honor of Principal Dancer Nina Ananiashvili, who will perform the piece. Other highlights will include a special guest appearance by jazz icon Herbie Hancock, ABT’s Principal Dancers, and students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. The program will feature spectacular highlights from the Company’s eight-week season and will conclude with a Gala dinner to be held under the tent at Lincoln Center. Tickets range from $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500 and include the performance and post-performance dinner. Tickets for both the performance and Gala Dinner may be purchased by calling the American Ballet Theatre’s Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239. Performance-only tickets range from $30 to $150 and may be purchased online at the Metropolitan Opera.