We Want Ham, Not Spam!

Miami City Ballet

8% of $10,000
$9,180 of $10,000 to go
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About This Project

Keep the music LIVE for Opening Night at Miami City Ballet!

“Dance audiences, I believe, have now got used to taped music, and you can get used to it, the same way you can learn to eat Spam instead of ham, or breathe smog instead of air.  Your life is just diminished, and you don’t realize it until you see concerts such as we saw.”

— The New York Times

From concert-going, to dancing with friends, to watching an opera or ballet, LIVE music enhances a cultural experience.  The pairing of LIVE music and dance tantalizes both senses of sight and sound, creating a powerful impression for the audiences, dancers and musicians involved.  An orchestra elevates a ballet performance to higher artistic levels.

Yet, hiring an orchestra is one of Miami City Ballet’s largest expenses, costing approximately $10,000-$15,000 per performance.  Through Power2Give and with your help, we can raise $10,000 to fund the orchestra during opening night of the ballet’s 27th season in Miami.  

If you make a gift NOW, your donation will be matched by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, which has helped make live music possible at Miami City Ballet's tri-county repertory performances for the last two years.  In 2012-2013, a $300,000 grant pledged by the Knight Foundation will again be instrumental in the return of the orchestra; however, it must be matched before we can receive the award. 

Like “Spam instead of ham,” the difference in using live music versus taped is clear.  Will you help us bring back the symphonic power of the orchestra by making a gift today?

Donor Benefits

Miami City Ballet extends a special thanks to its supporters who will help us bring back the orchestra for opening night of our 27th season. 

In recognition of your tax-deductible gift, you will receive an exclusive invitation to attend a free rehearsal during 2012-2013. 

VIDEO/PHOTO CREDITS: Skyler Lubin. © Gio Alma.  MCB dancers in La Valse. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Alexandre Dufaur.  MCB dancers in Symphony in Three Movements. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.  Photo by Joe Gato.  MCB dancers in Ballet Imperial. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Steven Caras.  MCB dancers in Western Symphony. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Kyle Froman.