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Indianapolis City Ballet’s “Evening With the Stars,” Sept. 8

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment
Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo. Photo credit: Gene Schiavone. Provided by the Indianapolis City Ballet and used with written permission.

By Jordan Bishop
On behalf of the Indianapolis City Ballet

Indianapolis will become home to world-class ballet once again and a fair amount of intrigue this week when principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Washington Ballet and more join the Indianapolis City Ballet’s Evening With the Stars. The performance is Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 8 p.m., live on stage at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre.

The performance includes signature works from classical, neo-classical and cutting-edge contemporary ballets – previous crowd favorites and new works as well as a few surprises. A newly commissioned work featuring the music of Indiana’s Cole Porter by renowned choreographer Margo Sappington will debut. Tickets are on sale now with information below.

A sampling of the caliber of dancers guests will see and the fascinating stories behind them:

  • Julie Kent, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and Jose Manuel Carreno, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and current International Guest Artist, are two of the foremost ballet dancers in the world. After retiring from American Ballet Theatre in 2010, Carreno has returned to dancing, and is better than ever. Kent was handpicked by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre and is arguably the greatest American ballerina of her generation.
  • Wendy Whelan is a star of the ballet world around whom several of the most important contemporary ballet works of the last 20 years were created. The first star to emerge in New York City Ballet after George Balanchine’s death and one of the few remaining to have worked on stage with Balanchine’s muses, Whelan is a chameleon who can transform from classical to contemporary works seamlessly and extraordinarily.
  • Argentinian Herman Cornejo (see photo above) took the gold medal at the VIII International Dance Competition in Moscow in 1997 at just age 16, the youngest winner in the event’s history. This was one of many awards Cornejo earned as a young dancer: the 2000 Peace Messenger prize from UNESCO, the 2005 nomination for best dancer for the Benois de la Danse and, in 2010, the Mr. Expressivity prize at the 9th International Ballet Festival “Dance Open” in St. Petersburg. It was the beginning of a series of promotions, first to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino, then to soloist (2000) and now to Principal Dancer (2003) with the American Ballet Theatre. He makes guest appearances around the world.
  • Brooklyn Mack of Elgin, S.C., is a Principal dancer with Washington ballet. He enrolled in a ballet class at age 12 to improve his football skills – and he was hooked. He recently won gold at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, one of the few Americans to win gold there and the first African-American to do so. This win comes on the heels of gold medals in the Istanbul and Boston International Ballet Competitions. From classical to contemporary, his technical skills and stage presence know no bounds.
  • Misty Copeland is using the tremendous power and beauty in her 5’2″ frame to change the way people think about African-American ballerinas. A soloist at American Ballet Theatre, she caught the attention of renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to create his restaging of the famous The Firebird ballet around her this year. She also seems to have caught the attention of rock legend Prince, appearing in his 2009 “Crimson and Clover” music video and onstage in a Madison Square Garden appearance – dating rumors continue to fly.
  • Ukrainian ballet dancers who met as kids, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky have ascended to become senior principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, and celebrated artists with companies and in the major theaters of America, Europe, Asia and beyond. This married couple with a child is likely the most glamorous in the ballet world with numerous fashion contracts and fashionable appearances.
  • 12-year-old Demitra Bereveskos, an international prizewinner who is from Indianapolis, Ind., already has experience in the competition and gala circuit. “Discovered” at an Indianapolis City Ballet Master Class by former Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet principal dancer Valentina Kozlova, she was given a scholarship to study with Ms. Kozlova in New York City. She continues to work with teachers in Indianapolis and commutes to New York for periodic classes and coaching.

A list* of the other extraordinary artists includes:

American Ballet Theatre:

  • Alexandre Hammoudi, Soloist
  • Thomas Forster, Corps de ballet
  • Vitali Krauchenka, Corps de ballet
  • Leann Underwood, Corps de ballet
  • Roman Zhurbin, Corps de ballet


Kristie Latham, Soloist

Birmingham Royal Ballet:

  • Momoko Hirata, First Soloist 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo:

  • Paul Ghiselin, Principal

New York City Ballet:

  • Craig Hall, Soloist

The Royal Ballet:

  • Aaron Smyth, Artist


Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York:

  • Veronika Verterich

NYU/Tisch School of the Arts:

  • Bailey Moon

Master of Ceremonies: Chris Stack

*The artist line-up is still being finalized; check for updates.


Tickets are on sale now, including Patron level seats (Gold, Silver and Bronze, please visit to purchase). For general reserved seating, please visit the Old National Centre Box Office, call 800-745-3000 or order online at 

Gold Patron Tickets

$1,000 per person ($840 may be tax-deductible) includes:

  • Performance tickets in Gold-Level seating
  • Complimentary VIP reserved parking in front of theatre
  • Gala reception following the performance
  • Listing in the souvenir program book as a Gold Sponsor
  • Invitation to attend a special VIP reception in the weeks preceding the performance 

Silver Patron Tickets

$500 per person ($340 may be tax-deductible) includes:

  • Same benefits as above, but at the Silver level 

Bronze Patron Tickets

$250 per person ($115 may be tax-deductible) includes:

  • Performance tickets in Bronze-level seating
  • Complimentary VIP reserved parking in front of theatre
  • Attend the gala reception following the performance
  • Listing in the souvenir program book as a Bronze Sponsor 

General Reserved Seating

$70, $50, $35 (plus all applicable box office fees)

The Old National Centre is located at 502 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Bohlsen Group.

Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-14

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment
George Duke and Stanley Clarke

Indy Jazz Fest headliners George Duke (left) and Stanley Clarke. Photo courtesy of Used with written permission.

By Jessica Kiefer
On behalf of Indy Jazz Fest

The Indy Jazz Fest presented by Marsh has unveiled the artists taking the stage as part of the festival’s week long Sunset Series as it prepares to kick off its 14th year. Held over a five-day period September 10-14, the Sunset Series leads into the festival’s annual finale at Opti Park in Broad Ripple, now set to take place over two days, September 15-16. Indy Jazz Fest combines the great venues of Indianapolis with the diversity of jazz styles. The full schedule and ticket information is available at the festival’s website:

Sunset series

  • Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. –Aaron Diehl Quartet at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave., presented by REI Real Estate. Diehl is the American Pianists Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz. Tickets are $25.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. – The Latin Tinge featuring Chuchito Valdes and Pavel & Direct Contact at the Indiana Landmarks Center Cook Theater, 1201 Central Ave. Latino piano classics will be performed in an intimate space. Tickets are $20.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. – “West Coast Cool” will feature a collaboration between Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer and Mark Winkler at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle. Two of California’s hottest jazz singers explore the mellow, “west coast style” of jazz, presented by Printing Partners. Tickets can be purchased for $35, $45 and $55.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m. – Three bands share the stage for a night of funk and soul, featuring Bashiri Asad and Xenobia Green (Indianapolis), The Right Now (Chicago) and Derobert & The Half Truths (Nashville) at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. Tickets are $15.
  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. – WICR presents a special free concert featuring the Indy Jazz Fest Band in a tribute to legendary trombonist Slide Hampton at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. This concert is FREE open to all ages and made possible by United Water.
  • Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – The legendary Slide Hampton will celebrate his 80th birthday with the Steve Allee Big Band at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave., presented by Foley & Abbott. Tickets are $30.

Throughout the week, nightly jazz will be featured at the Jazz Kitchen and Chatterbox.

The lineup in Opti Park will feature headliners Stanley Clarke and George Duke Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8:45 p.m., preceded by Robert Glasper Experiment at 5 p.m. and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at 6:45 p.m. Brian Culbertson will headline Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:15 p.m., following Brian Simpson featuring Maysa at 3:30 p.m. and Gerald Albright at 5:15 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket Information

Now in its fourth year as presenting sponsor, select Central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets will again serve as the ticket outlet for purchasing advance discount tickets for the Opti Park performances September 15 and 16. Attendees can pay only $25 on the regular general admission ticket price of $30 when buying in advance at Marsh Supermarkets. Returning this year will be the VIP Experience packages and the popular week-long JAZZpass, in addition to one and two-day passes for September 15-16. The VIP and week-long passes are available online at

Indy Jazz Fest is also proud to announce that the Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis is the 2012 festival’s host hotel, with hotel and ticket rates available for the week.

Year-Round Reach

The importance of exposing people to jazz through performance and education is the top priority of Indy Jazz Fest. In collaboration with its education partner the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, Indy Jazz Fest continues to develop a variety of educational programs and community performances founded on the belief that exposure, inspiration, and experience are the driving forces behind initiating involvement in jazz.

Sponsorship Information  

Indy Jazz Fest continues to be an example of community success through the dedication and support of its generous sponsors, Marsh Supermarkets, Lilly Endowment, Foley & Abbott, REI Real Estate, United Water, St. Vincent Health, Printing Partners, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, North Coast Brewing, DCG: Digital Color Graphics, Brewers of Indiana Guild, RNDC Indy, Bohlsen Group,, Jazz Alive, MacExperience, WICR 88.7 FM, National Bank of Indianapolis, Meridian Music, Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis, Coca-Cola, North Meridian Hardware, Slattery & Holman, P.C., Amerprise Financial Services, Inc., Asociacion Venezolanos Indiana, Klipsch, WFYI Public Media, Scofield Editing, NUVO Newsweekly, The Great Frame Up of Central Indiana, Alivio Medical Center, Yats and the Jazz Kitchen. Indy Jazz Fest is also pleased to recognize Rhythm! Discovery Center, Penrod Society, Indy Fringe, Indy Film Fest, IndyGo, University of Indianapolis, Owl Studios, TRS The Registration System and Indy Reads Bookstore in their support of the Festival. A variety of support levels and special advantages have been designed to make sponsorship experiences both enjoyable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about sponsoring the 2012 Indy Jazz Fest can contact us at 317-988-7854.

 Editor’s Acknowledgment: Bohlsen Group.