Afternoon of classical song and dance on Mother’s Day

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The eighth annual Quintessential Classicals, an enchanted afternoon of song and dance, will be held on Mother’s Day, May 8, at 2 p.m., at the Haskell Opera House.

This event is a benefit for the Haskell.

Ballet Arts will perform under the direction of Kathleen McCloskey Scott. Ballet Arts’ youngest students will bring to life some of the characters from British children’s author Beatrix Potter. Using John Lanchbery’s original score, the children will enchant the audience with their interpretations of these whimsical characters. This dance was first presented on stage at the Royal Opera House in London, England, in 1992, by The Royal Ballet.

Keeping with classical roots, Ballet Arts will then be joined by Spotlight VT Pointe dancers, under the direction of Shelley Ismail. They will present the “Pas de Trois” from act one of Swan Lake. In addition, Ballet Arts will present the variation “Prayer” from the ballet, Coppélia.

The program continues with voice students, under the direction of Lynn Leimer. Vocalists will take the audience on a musical journey from 1930 to present day featuring songs of stage, screen, and pop, highlighting the vocal talents of young performers from the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets will be available at the door or may be charged through Catamount Arts Center for an additional fee. Contact Catamount at 1-888-757-5559 or through

For more information, call the QNEK box office at 334-2216, or the Haskell box office at 873-3022, extension 205, or visit

This event is underwritten by Ballet Arts and QNEK Productions, performed with permission from American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. — from the Haskell.

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