Release: Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities present Sleeping Beauty

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Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities continue their partnership in this masterpiece

Saturday, April 11, 7:30 PM, Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre
Sunday, April 12, 2:30 PM, Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – February 2015 – Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities present Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 12, at 2:30 PM at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.

Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities bring to life the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. Enter the world of Princess Rose, the Good Fairy of the Forest, the evil Carabosse and a cast of captivating characters, as they enchant audiences with the magic of dance and music.

“Bringing you the fairest of them all, Ballet Quad Cities and Orchestra Iowa add life to the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty,” said Orchestra Iowa Music Director Timothy Hankewich. “The fresh choreography and Tchaikovsky’s classical compositional style create a lively pair that accentuate the beauty of music and ballet. This production full of lost princesses, beautiful fairies and a handsome prince is perfect for young families or a lovely night out”.

First choreographed by the great Marius Petipa, Courtney Lyon presents a fresh interpretation of the classic story. The original ballet’s focus was undeniably on the two main conflicting forces of good represented by the Fairy and evil represented by Carabosse. Tchaikovsky’s composition features two distinct melodic themes representing each of them which run through the entire ballet. This thematic material serves as an important thread to the underlying plot. Act III of the work takes a complete break from the two melodic themes and instead places focus on the individual characters of the various court dances. This provides a light contrast to the previous acts and sparks a new life in the closing pieces to the masterpiece.

Tickets for the performance range in price from $19-$49 and may be purchased online at or by calling 319.366.8203. Children 18 and under are eligible for half price tickets, college students are eligible for $10 tickets and group pricing is available. Tickets are also available through the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office, 119 Third Avenue SE, Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.


Timothy Hankewich, Orchestra Iowa Music Director
Courtney Lyon, Ballet Quad Cities Artistic Director


Saturday, April 11, 7:30 PM, Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre
Sunday, April 12, 2:30 PM, Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre


Orchestra Iowa is recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Hankewich, now in his ninth year as Music Director.

Founded in 1921, the mission of Orchestra Iowa is “to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education, and community involvement.” Its 68 professional musicians perform more than 188 public performances throughout the year, many of which can be heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television. Orchestra Iowa showcases its artistic excellence each season through an accomplished array of classical, ballet, opera, popular, and chamber performances, in addition to extensive community education and involvement.


Founded in 1996 by Executive Director Joedy Cook and a dedicated Board of Directors, Ballet Quad Cities is now celebrating its most exciting season yet. Today’s versatile company consists of thirteen highly trained, full-time professional dancers and has been led by Artistic Director Courtney Lyon since 2006.

Ballet Quad Cities is the longest running resident professional ballet company in the entire state of Iowa and one of only 100 in the nation. Our award winning performances, interactive school outreach and community programs are accessible for everyone. Each year Ballet Quad Cities touches over 25,000 people with the amazing, athletic and entertaining art of dance.


Dee Bierschenk
Marketing Manager