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Extended Collaboration Of The East End’s Finest Arts Begins In November

Sydney A. Braat

This series is a perfect for enthusiasts of all disciplines of visual and performing arts, as well as all community members. (Photo: Remember When Photography)

Peconic Ballet Theatre (PBT) and East End Arts (EEA) are teaming up to present Art Barre, a collection of the East End's finest arts, including dance, music, visual arts, and wine. The series will occur at 7 p.m. every other Saturday - beginning November 5th and ending on December 17th - at Peconic Ballet Theatre in Riverhead.

This programming is perfect for enthusiasts of all disciplines of visual and performing arts, as well as all community members. Art Barre is sponsored by Martha Clara Vineyards and PBT and EEA have planned four wonderful evenings of wine tasting, art exhibitions by local artists, and a dance performance by PBT's professional dance company in their intimate theatre space.

"I wanted to bring an event to Downtown Riverhead's Main Street that resembles performances that are held in New York City," said Christiana Bitonti, Founder, Owner and Instructor at Peconic Ballet Theatre. "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." The partnership highlights the local arts scene. "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," explained Bitonti. "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."

Throughout the series, EEA school student musicians will play a piece that PBT's Christiana Bitonti has interpreted and choreographed, which will be acted out by professional dancers - resulting in a true collaboration of creative genius.

This month will be filled with artistic talent from all across the East End. (Photo: Remember When Photography)


"We at East End Arts are excited to be collaborating with our talented neighbors at Peconic Ballet Theatre, and to be offering 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," remarked Diane Giardi, EEA Education Director. "Our students and faculty are working hard on their pieces which they are arranging themselves and will 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."

The dance series on November 5th will be accompanied by Brett Callagy on the viola and highlight EEA featured member artist, Jim Slezak, a photographer from Hampton Bays.

November 19th will once again feature Callagy. The EEA featured member artist will be Mary Twomey, a mixed media printmaker from Greenport.

December 3rd will feature Helen Janson, a photographer from Mattituck, and Aidan Saltini on the cello.

Lastly, December 17th will showcase Laura Stroh, a painter from Jamesport, and EEA faculty member, as well as Saltini on the cello.

Tickets are $20 per person and will directly benefit the Peconic Ballet Foundation, which offers students the opportunity to dance that may not otherwise have had the chance.

Peconic Ballet Theatre is located at 71 East Main Street in Riverhead. For more information, call 631-727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org. Tickets can be purchased at www.tututix.com.




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