Socialites Harriet and Henry Pownall Underwrite the World Premiere of Miami City Ballet’s Symphonic Dances
Three of the world’s most influential artistic sensations: Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella; in collaboration with the highly esteemed The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst and Tito Munoz, join forces with renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky for one spectacular evening to present the World Premiere of SYMPHONIC DANCES, with music by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Miami City Ballet gratefully acknowledges and thanks long-time Broward County residents Harriet and Henry Pownall, for their support as lead underwriters of SYMPHONIC DANCES, with additional thanks for a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.
Henry Pownall was the owner and CEO of Imagination Farms, a large dairy farm (formerly Velda Farms). He and Harriet pride themselves on giving to the artist community throughout South Florida, with Miami City Ballet being one of their top priorities.
The Pownall’s began to study ballroom dance and ballet after they were especially captivated with Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom.
Their appreciation and support of Miami City Ballet grew from there. When the Pownall’s received word of the Symphonic Dances world premiere, they were immediately intrigued and wanted to support a monumental collaboration between MCB and its dancers, the esteemed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Symphonic Dances is the newest work in a line of ballets to which the Harriet and Henry have lent their support: “We were excited and humbled to sponsor Twyla Tharp’s spectacular, well-received ‘The Golden Section’. We proudly sponsored another company premiere last season — Tharp’s delightful Baker’s Dozen. We are now thrilled to support a major new work by the amazing Alexei Ratmansky.”
It is the Pownall’s desire to continue to contribute a diverse repertoire to the artistic future of Miami City Ballet and to inspire younger generations to support the company.
This one-night-only performance and gala will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House.