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2 Valley youth arts organizations unite to showcase Swan Lake

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PHOENIX — The School of Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras are teaming up to present a unique performance at the Desert Botanical Garden.

The groups will bring the iconic ballet “Swan Lake” to the outdoor stage for three performances on May 30, 31 and June 6.

The unique partnership, a first of its kind for the two schools, aims to give its students experience presenting a main stage performance with live music.

“This collaboration with SBAZ is by far the largest and most extensive production undertaken by two youth arts organizations ever in Phoenix,” Matthew Kasper, Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras artistic and general director, said in a press release.

“Not only is this a wonderful opportunity for PYSO’s musicians that will give them the experience of performing an entire ballet with a ballet school at a breathtaking venue such as the Desert Botanical Garden, but it is also going to be an amazing experience for the entire Phoenix Arts Community.”

Performances begin at 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase online later in the spring, according to the release.

“This year’s performance holds even greater significance coming after a very challenging year of canceled performances,” Maria Simonetti, School of Ballet Arizona director, said in the release.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for our students to learn how to perform to live orchestral music and we hope this is a collaboration that continues into the future.”

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