Gala Chair Denise Sanderson and her 34-member committee staged a powerful showcase evening for Colorado Ballet. After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Chambers Grant Salon, guests were seated in the theater of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for emotional tributes and two performances.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock stopped by with greetings and to congratulate Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs on his 10-year success story. The modest artistic director is credited with strengthening the company through his combination of artistic brilliance and business mindset.
Additional surprises included his out-of-state family appearing on stage, a video about his own achievements as a dancer and leader, and a presentation of the Corps de Ballet in Swan Lake painting created by internationally renowned, local artist Darrell Anderson.
The Firebird Pas de Deux featured Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov. Both Maria, whose career has spanned the Bolshoi Ballet Academy to Colorado Ballet, where she delighted audiences with her athletic performances for 21 years, and Tyukov are retiring this year. Maria will remain in the artistic department.
The second feature, on stage with ten dancers, was the much-anticipated debut of Arrow: Five Years Out that was beyond words. Five years ago, forward-thinking Arrow VP Corporate Marketing and Communications Rich Kylberg, whose philosophy about communication is not just words, but music, art and alchemy, commissioned the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to create an original musical score for the word “Arrow.” Choreography was by Sandra Brown, ballet mistress. Dinner by Kevin Taylor’s at the OPERA HOUSE was served in the lobby and loge. Dancing with DJ Larry followed on the Ellie Stage.
All proceeds from the active paddle-raise conducted by Doug Tisdale will support the Colorado Ballet’s Education and Com munity Engagement Programs affecting more than 20,000 students per year and Colorado Ballet’s Academy scholarship programs that provide more than $100,000 annually.
There were 100 more people there than at last year’s gala and approximately $100,000 more revenue was raised.
Darrell Anderson is surrounded by Joanne Posner-Mayer, left, the high bidder of his original oil painting of retiring ballerina Maria Mosina, and his subject in front of the sculpture.
Colorado Ballet Director of Development Adam Sexton is flanked by his wife Silvia, left, and Development Officer Susan Stiff.
Presenting Sponsor Arrow Electronics VP Corporate Marketing and Communications Rich Kylberg, Jilliann Parker, auctioneer Douglas Tisdale and Stephanie DeGraff Bender
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