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Composed by Elvis Costello

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Miami, FL
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Project Coordination by: Donna Lenchuk
On-stage band music direction by: Tim Devine

From original program:  "Nightspot, a collaboration between two of the most celebrated and sought-after artists of our time, is Miami City Ballet's first major commission. Ms. Tharp has created her ballet on eighteen of the company's dancers and Mr. Costello's composition, which features new music intertwined with motifs from existing songs, is performed by an on-stage dance band as well as a thirty-two piece orchestra in the pit. The costumes are designed by the leading fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi."

Edward Villella, founder and artistic director of Miami City Ballet, approached Tharp to choreograph the company's first major commission. Drawing from the cultural diversity and vibrant nightlife of Miami, Nightspot features three principal couples in a blend of folk and Latin dances, pointe work and hip-hop. Four soloists and eight ensemble dancers complete the cast. 

  • Miami City Ballet in performance.

    <p>©Joe Gato</p>
  • Guerra and Kronenberg perform.

    <p>©Joe Gato</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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Composed by Elvis Costello

Principal Conductor: Juan Francisco La Manna

Dance Band

Musical Director/Keyboards: Tim Devine
Drums: Lee Levin
Guitars/Mandolin: Dan Warner
Electric and Upright Bass: Chuck Bergeron
Saxes/Flute/Accordian: Pete Brewer
Saxes: Dave Fernandez
Trumpet: Jason Carder
Trombone: Dante Luciani
Percussion: Gary Mayone


Concertmaster: Bogumila Zgraja
Assistant Concertmaster: Laszlo Pap

Violin: Claudia Cagnassone, Gennady Aronin, Georgetta Miller, Tony Seepersad, Roslind Lang, Gerry Miller, Sha Zhang, Galina Aronin, Raisa Ilyutovich, Vivian Gonzalez, Stephanie Sibgman

Viola: Renata Guitart, Galina Dennison, Shao-Chin Chien, Michael Davis

Cello: Luisa Bustamante, Angela Maleh, Konstantin Litvinenko, Arthur Abney

Contrabass: Janet Clippard, Ariadna Barbe-Villa

Oboe/English Horn: Dione Chandler

Flute/Piccolo: Sara Stout

Clarinet: Isabel Mora

Bassoon: Geoff Hale

Horn: Jerry Peel

Trumpet: Craig Morris

Trombones: John Kricker, Joel Keene

Harp: Stacey Berkley

Celeste: Francisco Rennó

Timpani: Mark Schubert

Percussion: Mikhail Michaeslon

Musician Contractor: Tim Devine

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Composed by Elvis Costello

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