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La Roche Performing Arts Students to Take the Byham Theater Stage

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The La Roche College Performing Arts Department will present “The Messiah” at the Byham Theater.

Choreographed by Performing Arts Department Chair Maria Caruso, the ballet will feature music by The Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra and Maestri Singers, under the direction of Thomas Octave.

Ms. Caruso, artistic director for Bodiography, adapted Handel’s “Messiah,” a work that was created in the absence of movement and dance, into a ballet. Ms. Caruso was driven by the challenge of accentuating one of the world’s most celebrated Baroque oratorios and bringing lovers of ballet and “Messiah” together to experience a non-narrative ballet that is focused on lighting the world through love.

This year, for the first time since its premiere in 2015, the ballet will be performed as a stand-alone, separating Ms. Caruso’s Bodiography company from the La Roche student dancers. The company will open for the students, as a way to applaud their development over the past two years, with a performance of Ms. Caruso’s acclaimed ballet “Lux Aeterna,” which inspired her vision for “The Messiah.”

Together “Lux Aeterna” and “The Messiah” seek to break through the glass ceiling that decouples heavenly music from a compelling visual aesthetic.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust or by phone at 412-456-6666.

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