From Robert Gardner, Artistic Director



To all our patrons and supporters,


As we navigate the progression of Covid-19 pandemic, we must regretfully curtail all programming through June, including our planned performances of the Ugly Duckling at the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center. We must protect our audiences, artists and staff from the spread of the coronavirus. Our thoughts are with everyone and hope all of you are coping as best you can during these difficult times.


At the Rochester City Ballet, we are determined to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus and look forward to getting back in the studio when it’s safe, and look ahead to our 2020/21 season, opening in September. I had already titled my first full season with the Company “The Season of Awakening”, which now seems even more appropriate. We will be presenting master works by George Balanchine and Salvatore Aiello, new works from guest choreographers, including a new ballet from myself, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, of course the holiday family favorite “The Nutcracker “with the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as many other innovative and delightful programs.


These are extraordinarily challenging and uncertain times and we are turning even more to the arts for solace and hope. We have begun posting encore performance clips, special Master Classes and profiles of our wonderful artists on our Facebook page to give our followers a chance to revisit the beauty that RCB brings to our community. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we all isolate together and remember that the arts are a part of the soul of Rochester and without cultural institutions like RCB, our lives would be diminished.


We will weather this storm, and are taking painful, but necessary measures to ensure Rochester City Ballet will bring you the inspiring performances and educational programs that make us such an invaluable part of the fabric of the community.


We need your help as well. There are so many in need now, and so we are so appreciative for anything you, our patrons and supporters- the reason we exist – can do to ensure we can return fully ready to create and bring joy and inspiration.






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About Rochester City Ballet

Established in 1987 by its founding artistic director Timothy M. Draper, the company has developed a reputation for its excellence, versatility, and singular repertoire, which includes award-winning contemporary ballets and masterworks. The company performs at the Nazareth College Arts Center, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and in Canandaigua.

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