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Peconic Ballet Theatre in Collaboration with East End Arts Announce the Success of their Event Series ART BARRE (posted December 8, 2016)

Peconic Ballet Theatre in Collaboration with East End Arts Announce the Success of their Event Series ART BARRE (posted December 8, 2016)

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East End Arts: Stephanie Israel, 631-727-0900, sisrael@eastendarts.org
Peconic Ballet Theatre: Christiana Bitonti, 631-591-1539, christiana@peconicballet.com
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Peconic Ballet Theatre in Collaboration with East End Arts
Announce the Success of their Event Series
ART BARRE
A Collection of the East End's Finest Arts: Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Wine
Final Event in the Series: Saturday, December 17, 7:00 PM
At Peconic Ballet Theatre, 71 E. Main Street, Riverhead

(RIVERHEAD, NY, December 8, 2016) –– East End Arts and Peconic Ballet Theatre are pleased to announce their successful collaboration on a series of events for enthusiasts of all disciplines of visual and performing arts, as well as all community members, sponsored by Martha Clara Vineyards: Art Barre – A Collection of the East End's Finest Arts. The two organizations planned four spectacular evenings of wine tasting, art exhibitions by local artists, and a dance performance by Peconic Ballet Theatre's professional dance company in their intimate theatre space, located at 71 E. Main Street in Downtown Riverhead, NY. In addition, East End Arts School student musicians play a piece that Peconic Ballet Theatre's Christiana Bitonti has interpreted and choreographed for professional dancers to perform – a true collaboration of the creative arts! The final event in the series will be held on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 PM. Past events in the series were held on the following Saturdays: November 5, 19, December 3. Community members are invited to experience the finest arts of the East End – an experience you won't want to miss! Tickets are $20 per person and benefit the Peconic Ballet Foundation, which offers students the opportunity to dance that may not otherwise have had the chance. Tickets are available at https://www.tututix.com/tickets/ (search Peconic Ballet Foundation).

Details for the upcoming event, Saturday at 7:00 PM:
• December 17, 2016 – Dance Series B will be performed
East End Arts featured member artist: Laura Stroh, painter from Jamesport, and East End Arts faculty member
East End Arts featured musician: Aidan Saltini, cello

Past events in the series showcased:
• November 5, 2016 – Dance Series A was performed
East End Arts featured member artist: Jim Slezak, photographer from Hampton Bays
East End Arts featured musician: Brett Callagy, viola
• November 19, 2016 – Dance Series A was performed
East End Arts featured member artist: Mary Twomey, mixed media printmaker from Greenport
East End Arts featured musician: Brett Callagy, viola
• December 3, 2016 – Dance Series B was performed
East End Arts featured member artist: Helen Janson, photographer from Mattituck
East End Arts featured musician: Aidan Saltini, cello

For more information, visit
https://eastendartsorg.presencehost.net/calendar/events.html/event/2016/12/17/art-barre-a-collection-of-the-east-end-s-finest-arts/140083.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine sponsored by Martha Clara Vineyards while viewing an art exhibition by a notable East End Arts member artist to the tune of music by an East End Arts music program alum. After wine tasting and gallery viewing, guests will find their way to Peconic Ballet Theatre's intimate performance space to see a collection of work presented by Peconic Ballet Theatre's professional dancers. The dancers will perform pieces of work that range from classical ballet to Jazz and even Modern. In addition, East End Arts School student musicians will play a piece that Peconic Ballet Theatre's Christiana Bitonti will interpret and choreograph for professional dancers to perform – a true collaboration of the creative arts! Art Barre is one-of-a-kind on the East End, where dance, visual art and music meet, designed to present a collection of the arts all in one space so all community members and arts lovers can enjoy many different types of art. Peconic Ballet Theatre's intimate theatre space allows for a professional feel while still giving each and every audience member the best seat in the house.

When asked how this series of events came about, Christiana Bitonti, founder, owner and instructor at Peconic Ballet Theatre shared: "I wanted to bring an event to Downtown Riverhead's Main Street that resembles performances that are held in New York City. The East End is filled with talented artists under many different modalities and my goal is to bring attention to what they are doing for residents across the East End. New York City is filled with art and culture, and I believe that is also the case on the East End. Instead of taking a trip to New York, East Enders can enjoy those same types of events right in their backyard. As Riverhead continues its revitalization, I wanted to showcase that the arts community can aid in this renaissance. The collaboration with East End Arts and Martha Clara Vineyards is a very important part of this project as it emphasizes that art can be presented in so many ways – there is truly something for everyone. We at Peconic Ballet Theatre give special thanks to the East End Arts and Martha Clara Vineyards for making this event possible."

Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director shares comments about the East End Arts music student and Peconic Ballet Theatre dancer creative collaboration portion of this program: "We at East End Arts are excited to collaborate with our talented neighbors at Peconic Ballet Theatre, and to offer this special opportunity for our music students and faculty to collaborate with artists of another discipline, which takes their skills as performers to a whole new level. Our students and faculty worked hard on their pieces which they arranged themselves to then be interpreted and choreographed by Christiana for the dancers. This is a really unique opportunity for both the student musicians, dancers and also the community to experience. For students, it increases their self-confidence and builds on their professional experience to perform while live dancers respond to their music. It is truly a unique program."

About East End Arts
East End Arts is a multi-award winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island, NY since 1972, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. East End Arts is committed to building and enriching community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy and inspiration. Each year, East End Arts: exhibits 22 gallery shows in at least three locations, showcasing our community's talent, which provides presenting opportunities for roughly 800 artists in all disciplines; offers over 150 educational art, music, and theater programs as well as private music instruction to our region year-round, serving over 800 children and adults annually; presents over 15 events to celebrate the regions' rich artistic background; provides professional development and resources for both emerging and established artists through workshops, cultural arts forums and access to resources through social media and the web serving over 7,000 individuals; promotes local artists and musicians through education, presentation and community initiatives; and, presents programs for very low or no fee. To learn more about East End Arts, visit eastendarts.org.

About Peconic Ballet Theatre
Peconic Ballet Theatre (PBT) provides a professional dance education for all students. Located on the eastern end of Long Island, PBT offers a wide variety of classes and programs that provide children of all ages a deep understanding of the cultural impact for the arts. PBT offers a wide variety of enrichment classes, such as: Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pointe, and Choreography Workshop. All ages and abilities are welcomed to PBT classes. PBT also operates Peconic Ballet Foundation which is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to bring all children the opportunity to observe and/or participate in performing ballet and other forms of dance alongside professional dancers, thereby fostering self-expression and a high level of self-worth. Peconic Ballet Foundation is proud to serve many students across Long Island the opportunity to dance and perform. For more information, visit peconicballettheatre.com.

For more information, contact East End Arts at 631-727-0900.
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.