The strong, young dance ensemble of the Russian National Ballet was rewarded with applause throughout the Feb. 22 performance, plus a standing ovation from the nearly 1,000 Knox Concert Series audience members in attendance.
Rick Westbrook, Knox chairman, welcomed the audience and thanked the evening’s concert underwriters — Jim Nolen, Buster Miles Auto Dealerships and Warren Averett LLC.
Among the audience were more than 50 high-school students, who had been introduced to ballet through classroom programs orchestrated by Knox board member and long-time educator, Millie Harris. Harris and an entourage of dancers led by Linze McRae, a classically trained ballerina who heads Gadsden’s Downtown Dance Conservatory, had visited Anniston, Wellborn, Saks and Oxford high schools in the weeks leading up to the performance.
After the curtain went down, several members of the ballet company joined Knox patrons and volunteers at a reception at Classic on Noble, where they graciously posed for photographs and interacted with patrons.
The series ends its stellar season on Thursday, March 14 with the long-running Broadway show “A Chorus Line.” A tradition on finale night is to sign up subscribers for the following season at a special, discounted price. Brenda Stedham and Lesa Cummings will be heading up the “Blue Light Special” sales. They will bedeck board members with blinking blue stars so they cannot be missed as they meet, greet and sell subscriptions prior to the 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Save the Date
It’s almost time for this year’s Relay for Life, slated for Friday, May 10, at the soccer fields at McClellan. Join the fight against cancer and the movement to create a world with more birthdays by participating. This inspiring overnight event unites the entire community in celebrating those who have had cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and providing an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay for Life supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people get well and stay well by finding cures and fighting back. Last year the Relay for Life of Calhoun County raised more than $340,000 for the fight against cancer.