PORTLAND – Music Director Robert Moody will lead the Portland Symphony Orchestra, guest ensemble Neos Dance Theatre and tap-dancer Fred Strickler in a PSO POPS! tribute to dance and dancers through the ages.

Dance! Dance! Dance! will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Merrill Auditorium

Dance! Dance! Dance! leads audiences through a tribute to dance from the charlestons and foxtrots of Twentiana, to the razzle-dazzle of “A Chorus Line.” Along the way, there will be a Tap Dance Concerto, showcasing the musicianship of the art of tap (composer Morton Gould notated all the rhythms for the dancer in the same way he would for a drummer); the “Hoe-Down” from Aaron Copland’s classic American ballet “Rodeo;” and music from “Babes in Arms” and “My Fair Lady,” plus plenty of fancy footwork, leaps and lifts.

Led by Artistic Director Robert Wesner, the dancers of Neos Dance Theatre have performed all over the United States and abroad. Firmly centered in classical ballet technique, the Neos dancers have a modern versatility and sense of the eclectic in dance.

Having danced and choreographed since 1961 for film, television, musical theater and the concert stage, Strickler is a virtuoso tap-dance artist known for his originality and musicality. He is equally at home in classical, jazz and modern styles. Strickler is artistic director for Fred Strickler & Friends – New Ideas on Tap, which focuses on innovations in tap-dance choreography and often includes nationally known guest dancers and musicians. He is also a professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside, where he has taught since 1967.

Volunteers will be in the lobby of Merrill Auditorium to collect nonperishable food donations for the hungry.

Tickets range from $17 to $62 and are sold through PortTix at 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.portlandsymphony.com.


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