State Ballet performance will feature music composed by local teacher

State Ballet performance will feature music composed by local teacher

North Providence teacher and composer Noreen Inglesi watches as ballerina Emily O'Heir, 16, dances to music Noreen composed for the State Ballet of Rhode Island. (Breeze photo by David Wuerth)

LINCOLN - The State Ballet of Rhode Island has collaborated with a North Providence school teacher and composer for two performances that will premiere this spring.

"Cowboys, Cadets and Collaborative Works" will hit the stage Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Shows take place in the Rhode Island College Roberts Auditorium, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave. in Providence.

Of the five ballets that make up the program led by Artistic Director Herci Marsden, elementary school music teacher Noreen Inglesi has composed two, "Dance of the Firefly" and "Heghnar & Buck."

Other performances for the Lincoln-based ballet group are "Graduation Ball," "Ballet West" and "Train."

"Heghnar & Buck" is choreographed by Ana Marsden Fox and composed by Inglesi, a Cranston resident who worked as the artist in residence for Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co. Inc.

Inglesi also composed "Dance of the Firefly," which was voted "Best Dance Production of 2013" by Motif Magazine after it premiered in May 2013 at the State Ballet's 10th annual Partner with the Arts event in Lincoln. It is choreographed by State Ballet's resident choreographer Shana Fox Marceau.

"Dance of the Firefly," scored for a string trio of violin, viola and cello, was composed in June 1996 after Inglesi was reportedly inspired by a sighting of fireflies on a warm summer evening in Charlestown.

For her work in North Providence schools, Inglesi has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2008. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree and master's degree in music education and composition from the University of Rhode Island, where she was awarded a graduate assistantship, voted All American Scholar and earned membership into the Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

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