Maren Morris and Rayland Baxter to perform at Nashville Ballet’s ‘Ballet Ball 2020’

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Two Nashville Country Music icons sharing the stage with Nashville Ballet at its annual fundraising gala.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling at the Ballet Ball.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling at the Ballet Ball.

With two chart-topping studio albums, and a newly named Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year all under her belt, Grammy Award-winner Maren Morris is set to add another unique milestone to her resume.

On Feb. 29, Morris will perform a setlist of hits alongside Nashville Ballet’s professional Company as a musical guest for the organization’s annual fundraising gala.

A member of The Highwomen, Morris just wrapped up a big year that included releasing her sophomore album, Girl, which won Album of the Year at the CMA Awards.

Heralded by Relix as “modern, American rock music at its finest,” singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter will also bring his talents to the Ballet Ball stage.

With three full-length albums and 2 EPs all highly lauded upon release, Baxter’s inventive arrangements and infectious hooks will inspire new choreography from Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Baxter expects to release his follow-up to 2018’s Wide Awake this year.

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The Ballet Ball raises funds to present educational dance programming to over 30,000 underserved youth.

The two musical guests will highlight the impressive scope of artistic talent that exists within the Nashville community, a nod to Nashville Ballet’s commitment to inspiring and fostering a greater sense of creativity in Music City through its community engagement programming.

Ballet Ball, which raises funds to present educational dance programming to over 30,000 youth and families in underserved communities throughout Middle Tennessee each year, brings together over 600 of Nashville’s most prominent philanthropists and patrons of the arts for an elaborate black-tie affair.

The year’s Versailles-inspired ball is chaired by Allison Cotton and Emily Humphreys along with Honorary Chair Suann Davis.

Tickets for Ballet Ball are by invitation only, but the general public is invited to purchase tickets to the Ballet Ball Late Party, which features a cocktail hour and seat for the gala performance. Late Party CoChairs Ann Ralls Brown, Camille Barrett, and Hank Ingram have programmed an evening of dancing to Sing a Song band to follow the gala performance. Late Party tickets are $175 per person.

For more information on Ballet Ball, or to purchase Late Party tickets, visit nashvilleballet.com/late-party.

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About Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling.

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Nashville Ballet performance at the 2019 Ballet Ball.

Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a preprofessional training company), provide more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming.

Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70. To learn more about the Nashville Ballet, please visit nashvilleballet.com.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.