July 13, 2012 | Leave a comment PARIS: Paris Opera Ballet Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center On Thursday, June 28, the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the French Consulate hosted a cocktail reception at the Chicago Cultural Center in celebration of the Paris Opera Ballet’s U.S. tour, which kicked off at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago. On Thursday June 28, the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities and the French Consulate hosted a cocktail reception at the Chicago Cultural Center in celebration of the opening tour of the world’s oldest national ballet company: the Paris Opera Ballet. The tour kicked off with a six day run of the opera ballet performance “Giselle” at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, after which the company headed to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York. Mr. Brett August, Chair of the Paris Committee, spoke during the reception and reiterated the committee’s commitment to advancing education and social services exchange programs between Chicago and Paris. In support of the committee’s commitment to education and global awareness, the Paris Committee presented five students of the French club at Lake View High School with tickets to attend the Paris Opera Ballet Performance “Giselle.” The students noted that this was an exceptional learning opportunity about French culture and arts. The Paris Committee Members with the invited students from Lake View High School. The Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International invited five students from the French Club at Lake View High School to attend the Opera Ballet. From left to right: David Reithoffer, Vice Chair of the Paris Committee of CSCI; Brigitte Lefevre, Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet; Brett August, Chair of the Paris Committee of CSCI; Herb Migdoll, Artist and Painter of “Swimmer 300”; and Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago. Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, owner of LM Restaurant. Chef Dominique Tougne from Chez Moi Restaurant with a member from his team. Pastries from the French Pastry School.