Ballet 2017

On May 7th, 2017, Ruby Diamond auditorium will welcome to the stage the Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Ballet for a monumental performance. The Ballet 2017, a youth ballet composed by world-renowned composer and FSU faculty member Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, will be the first work by a major composer to be commissioned and premiered by the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras.

This commission is Sponsored in part by John & Amy Recht, Chris & Margit Miller, and the D&J Rentals Charitable Foundation.


$20 Adults | $10 Children 

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door or in advance at TYO Sunday rehearsals, at Beethoven & Company, and online using the link below. Tickets purchased online may be picked up at will-call desk on the day of the concert.

About the Composer

Florida native and FSU Alumna Ellen Taaffe Zwilich has been one of the leading voices in classical composition for the past few decades. Although she began her career as a violinist, she soon became immersed in composing. As a student of Roger Sessions and Elliott Carter, Zwilich was the first woman to earn a doctorate in composition from The Julliard School, and in 1983 also became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in music for her First Symphony. Her accolades are numerous, as is the list of distinctive orchestras and performers in America and abroad who have performed, commissioned, and recorded her music, beginning with her discovery by Pierre Boulez when she was still a student in New York. She was elected to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and in 1995 was named to the first Composer's Chair of Carnegie Hall. Her catalog includes give symphonies, several concerti and orchestral pieces, chamber and vocal works, and solo compositions.

The Tallahassee Ballet Youth Company

The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB)is a regional, semi-professional company featuring a combination of classical and cutting-edge ballet. For more than 42 years, The Tallahassee Ballet has provided an outstanding training ground for emerging professionals, while stimulating appreciation of the dance arts in our community through several full-scale productions each year.  TTB The Company is composed of 50-55 dancers, ranging from ages 9-24. Dancers are selected annually through auditions from Tallahassee dance studios and area colleges. The Tallahassee Ballet is under the direction of Artistic Director, Tyrone Brooks along with his Artistic Staff, Lauren Hernandez (Artistic Associate) and Kathryn Karrh Cashin (Resident Choreographer).

Location & Parking

Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

Ruby Diamond Concert Hall is located within the Westcott Building at 222 South Copeland Street at the intersection with West College Avenue.

General parking is available in the Diffenbaugh Lot on the corner of West Jefferson Street and South Copeland Street, as well as in the student lot on the corner of College Avenue and Macomb Street.


Parking is also available in the two lots across the street from the Westcott Building; however, these lots are often reserved for members and subscribers of the presenting organization.


Handicap parking is available at the North entrance of the Westcott Building and can be accessed from Convocation Way via West Call Street.

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