February is always an exciting time for Oregon Bal- let Theatre and we are delighted that you are join- ing us for the premiere of Artistic Director Kevin Irving’s adaptation of Swan Lake. This production is of particular importance to us as it is entirely a homegrown effort and the work reflects the considerable talent of our artistic staff. I am so proud of our team, and know you will be delighted with the performance.
This is also a time when we prepare for the future. We recently hosted this year’s wildly successful gala event, titled The Bolshoi Ball, which returned us to the Portland Art Museum for the first time in ten years and raised critical funding for programs stretching throughout our community. With the support and loyalty of our patrons we continue to grow programming, and next season will mark another significant step forward. So be sure to visit our website on February 23, when we reveal our ambitious 2017/2018 season!
Finally, this month has brought some news and change within the leadership team here at OBT. The opening of Swan Lake marks my departure from the company and places a capstone on my more than 27 years in the field of arts, culture, and education. In a few weeks I will return to my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin and become the next President and CEO of The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. This rather unexpected move is a once in a lifetime opportunity to return to a place where I still have deep family ties and to have a profound impact on a community very close to my heart.
I am so proud of all this leadership team has accomplished with OBT over the past three seasons, and am incredibly grateful to each of you for your friendship, support, and passion for the work. I also want to sincerely thank our artists, musicians, trustees, and finally, the staff. The beautiful artistry that is seen on stage comes from an unparalleled commitment to excellence, and that commitment extends equally behind the scenes and throughout our offices. I am blessed to have worked with you all.
Finally, I want to thank Kevin for his vision, support, partnership, and most importantly, his friendship. OBT is poised to move on to even greater heights and I am happy to have played a small role.
Swan Lake runs February 18 – 25 at the Keller Auditorium. Click here for more info.