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We are shocked and dismayed at the decision made by the board of trustees for the Atlanta Ballet to eliminate the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, a vital and essential part of the company since the 1960's.

The flowing, breathtaking beauty of Atlanta Ballet's talented dancers performing to glorious live music is an experience that people in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast look forward to in its entirety as a family cultural event. However, patrons will receive no reductions in ticket prices for the watering-down of these productions; instead, they will be paying full price for a compromised product and be expected to ignore the marked difference in quality.

For years, the musicians in the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra have not only provided outstanding professional music but have served as dedicated Atlanta Ballet ambassadors by their generous fielding of questions from literally thousands of curious ticket holders. For many of these patrons, the orchestra pit is the only place they are able to personally interact with one of Atlanta's crown jewel art forms.

We strongly encourage you to reconsider such a drastic, short-sighted move that has long-term financial and artistic consequences for the Atlanta Ballet and the entire cultural arts society in Atlanta. We feel we will not be able in good faith to attend future performances of the Atlanta Ballet and will encourage others to do the same until the orchestra is back in its proper place as the heart and soul of the company.

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  • 10 January 20161000. Pet Edp
    Live music is so critical to the human ear.
  • 04 January 2016999. Jodi C
    It won't be nearly as enjoyable.
  • 02 January 2016998. Tracie L
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016997. Jonathan W
    This is disturbing....
  • 01 January 2016996. Kathy M
    Support music and music education!!
  • 31 December 2015995. Andrea F
    I can watched taped ballet peformances too! Then I don't have to leave my home and see your company.
  • 29 December 2015994. Stuart K
    Think of our children.
  • 29 December 2015993. Leone B
    Having recently attended a ballet performance with recorded music in Sydney given by an Australian company, I can attest to the fact that a lack of live music greatly reduces the artistic impact of any dance company's performance. Atlanta is regarded as a
  • 27 December 2015992. Charlene R
    Solid Walnut or Particle Board? Hmmmm?
  • 22 December 2015991. Jacob H
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015990. Netta H
  • 19 December 2015989. Ann R
    We need to preserve the art of live classical music in America.Audience members everywhere need to attend a performance and hear that performance the way it was originally conceived.Our society will lose a tremendous dimension by losing access to live mus
  • 15 December 2015988. Martha Rs
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015987. Brian B
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015986. Rena F
    I've watched ballet companies fold after changing from live to taped music. The spirit goes out of the production. The public loses interest. The company loses support. This is a major error in judgment.
  • 09 December 2015985. Jeff G
    I guess they can also use film, instead of live dancers!
  • 09 December 2015984. Sara F
    I support this petition
  • 05 December 2015983. Richard B
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015982. Karina S
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2015981. Susan K
    This idea has met with opposition every place it has been proposed and has never met with success. Live performances are just that whether it is ballet, opera or popular music.
  • 02 December 2015980. Judith G
    Live music is the main draw for me to go to the ballet.
  • 30 November 2015979. Raymond Jm
    I support this petition
  • 03 November 2015978. Suzanne D
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2015977. Adrienne L
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2015976. Karla Z
    I support this petition
  • 01 November 2015975. Cheryl K
    I support this petition
  • 01 November 2015974. Tina F
    Live music is so important. Don't lose this valued treasure!

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Dawn FerrellBy:
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Board of Trustees, Atlanta Ballet


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