Early Box Office Demand Prompts Ringling International Arts Festival to Add Performance
Sarasota, FL, March 29, 2010 – Box Office demand following the March 10 announcement of the Ringling International Arts Festival has already prompted Festival organizers to schedule an additional performance to the five-day roster of music, theater, and dance presented October 13-17 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
“In less than just two weeks, nearly 30% of the tickets have already been sold,” reports Festival Director, Dwight Currie. “Within days of our announcement, demand for the Tim Fain performance was outpacing supply.”
To meet that demand, an additional performance of “Glass and Bach for Solo Violin,” featuring the acclaimed violinist, Tim Fain performing the world premiere of a Phillip Glass composition commissioned expressly for the Festival has been added at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 14. In total, 44 performances of 11 stage productions will be presented October 13-17 in the three theaters of the Ringling Center for the Arts in Sarasota.
This is the second year for the Ringling International Arts Festival that debuted in 2009. The five-day event is presented by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in collaboration with the Baryshnikov Arts Center of New York. In addition to the performance by Tim Fain, other Festival highlights include “Solos with Mikhail Baryshnikov and David Neumann,” a world-premiere play by Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nilo Cruz, the Forman Brothers Theatre from the Czech Republic, Rubberbandance from Montreal, the Moscow-based Theater Art Studio, Romanian cabaret artist Sanda Weigl, and more.
The stage productions, along with special art exhibitions and museum events are all presented in the theaters, galleries, and gardens of the 66-acre, multi-venue Ringling Center for the Arts on Sarasota Bay in Florida.
The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) opened its doors in New York City¹s Hell¹s Kitchen in November 2005. BAC serves as a creative laboratory, meeting place, and performance space for a vibrant community of artists from around the world. BAC is also dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at low or no cost to ticket buyers. The organization recently purchased a 299-seat theater in the performing arts complex, which will undergo renovation in 2009 to be transformed into the state of the art Jerome Robbins Theater. Scheduled to open in 2010, the theater will serve as an organic extension of the existing center, featuring multi-disciplinary work, emerging talent, and international artists, and including artist-centered activity that fosters creative exploration. For more information about the Baryshnikov Arts Center, please visit: www.bacnyc.org.