Celebrating Music and Heritage with Michael Jinsoo Lim

As part of PNB’s celebration of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) artists in our community, PNB’s concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim has written about his parents, his connections to music through them, and his professional journey to PNB. Below is the first essay of his two-part series for the PNB […]

Executive Director Ellen Walker’s Letter – Coppélia

Dear Friends,

We’re so glad to see you here, on your screen, for the Rep V installment in our Dance Happens Everywhere digital season. Your enthusiasm for both the new works we’ve created for film as well as PNB’s archival features (so many artists in one space! Actual audiences clapping […]

Letters from PNB Artists: Joyce Ramee, PNB Orchestra member

The Pacific Northwest Ballet Future Fund ensures that the artists at PNB are able to dance, create, and bring you joy during these times of uncertainty and change. We ask that you consider a gift to the fund, which will help keep our dancers, musicians, staff, and production teams employed […]

Rep 1 Casting and Program Notes

Dances at a Gathering
Opening Solo


Music: Frederic Chopin (Mazurka, Op. 63, no. 3. 1846)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Philip Neal & Jenifer Ringer
Costume Design: Joe Eula
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton, recreated by Randall G. Chiarelli


One Thousand Pieces: Q & A with Music Librarian Mona Butler

Mona Butler has been a bassoonist in Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra since the orchestra was founded in 1989, and PNB’s Music Librarian since the position was created in 1996. Marketing Assistant Maris Antolin sat down with Mona in late February to talk about what a Music Librarian does, the years-long process of putting […]

Director’s Notes: Carmina Burana + Agon

Lindsi Dec and PNB Company dancers in Carmina Burana © Angela Sterling.

You never forget the opening moment of Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana. Even wildly enthusiastic applause can’t drown out the 70 voices of the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union or the first crashing notes played with authority […]

“O Fortuna” in Pop Culture

PNB Company dancers in Carmina Burana © Angela Sterling.

“O Fortuna” is one of the most dramatic, and memorable, pieces of music in the modern classical canon. Based on a 13th century Medieval Latin Goliardic poem, and set to music in 1935 by composer Carl […]


A Brief Fling – Musical Mystery Solved!

By Emil de Cou, Music Director/Principal Conductor, PNB Orchestra

On February 28, 1990 Twyla Tharp’s Scottish-themed ballet Brief Fling made its debut on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. I was in the orchestra […]

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American Stories: Ryan Schultz, PNB Orchestra

Ryan Schultz my_girls

My parents settled in the Central Wisconsin city of Stevens Point, a “college town” with an active and energetic community. I was born and mostly raised in “Point,” as were my younger siblings.

My parents were […]

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American Stories: Joyce Ramée, PNB Orchestra

My family was a hodgepodge of national backgrounds, but my generation (late baby boomer) and our previous two generations were all American-born. My parents grew up in the Depression and were young adults during WWII, so my “American Story” was shaped […]

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