Anonymous donor funds PBT show

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An anniversary gift came early for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which will mark 45 years with its 2014-15 season.

An anonymous donor will underwrite the company's mixed repertory program, which will feature Jiri Kylian's "Petite Mort," Mark Morris' "Sandpaper Ballet" and Jerome Robbins' "The Concert" -- all Pittsburgh premieres.

The gift also will fund a live orchestra and allow PBT to move the performance from Byham Theater to the Benedum Center, allowing the entire 2014-15 season lineup to be staged at the Benedum.

"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to acquire three works by some of the most influential choreographers of our time. It has been a long-standing artistic goal to bring these pieces to Pittsburgh," artistic director Terrence Orr said in a statement.

Originally scheduled for March 19-22, the "Pittsburgh Premieres" production with the PBT orchestra will be March 6-8. The 2014-15 season will open in October with "The Sleeping Beauty." Season tickets start at $69 at or 412-454-9107.

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