(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) January 18, 2012 – Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) recognizes Canada’s acclaimed Recovery Acres Society (RAS) on being awarded $100,000 from Calgary Herald’s 21st annual Christmas Fund campaign.
After receiving the coveted Accreditation Canada membership in 2010 and five years of fund raising with ATP’s Moscow Ballet, this additional support puts the “cap” on funds needed for the Recovery Acres Society Building Fund. Proceeds from annual Moscow Ballet productions, which were specially produced for the RAS Charity Tours, have accrued to nearly $10 million over the 5 year partnership. The fund-raising ballets include Romeo & Juliet starring acclaimed principals Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov, with costumes designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver and hand-painted backdrops created in Moscow; Swan Lake performed by 2008 International Ballet Competition gold-medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev in 2010; Sleeping Beauty; Great Russian Nutcracker and Cinderella. The five year partnership has raised funds earmarked for the state-of-the-art facility which will deliver RAS’ unique treatment method to men. The method, as authored by Dr John O’Reilly andPatrick H. Carmichael PhD, is the “shining star” model for addiction treatment in cities across Canada and in the U.S. Once the new facility is complete, the current building will be renovated to accommodate female clients. Thefull 2011 North American Moscow Ballet tour (including RAS charity performances) consisted of 100 performances in 70 cities from November 7 to December 29.
Recovery Acres Society (RAS) is a North American leader in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. Their proven Recovery Model serves as a best practices model for treatment facilities and clients from around the world. The affordability of its program opens the reality of rehabilitation to a broad spectrum of clientele. RAS is a member by Accreditation Canada, a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides health organizations with an external peer review to assess the quality of their services based on standards of excellence. Accreditation Canada is accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care and has been fostering quality in health services across Canada and internationally since 1958. www.recoveryacres.org.
Akiva Talmi Presents (ATP) is known for its full-length productions of the classic story-ballets;Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker as danced by Moscow Ballet. ATP debuted Moscow Ballet in North America in the original Great Russian Nutcracker, which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater, in 1993. Prior to that ATP produced the 1984 “Cynthia Gregory National Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; NPR TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdi and violinist Itzhak Perlman, the 1981 “Alexander Godunov Retrospective Ballet Tour,” the all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1989-92) and more. ATP was created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi. Talmi holds a BS and MA from the Juilliard School in Music Composition. He is a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Award, the Richard Rogers Award (5 times over 5 years), Leonard Bernstein Award, and the AICF Award - Isaac Stern, President. He composed the score for feature length films "Two" (CoImar), "Longest Journey" (Columbia), and for “Carnival” and “From the Top” (CPTV). www.akivatalmipresents.com