Mario Lopez to serve as MC at City Ballet of San Diego’s Creating Legends Gala

Mario Lopez
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The legendary Hotel del Coronado will be the setting for City Ballet of San Diego’s Creating Legends Gala on Saturday, Oct. 13, as City Ballet of San Diego celebrates its 26th Anniversary Season. Honorary Chairs are Anna and Mario Scipione. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies is Mario Lopez, the host of the Emmy Award-winning entertainment news TV show, “Extra.”

Once again the effervescent and exciting Charity Benefit Auctioneer Darren Diess will auction off one-of-a-kind opportunities, such as brunch with Lopez at the historical Hotel del Coronado and a stay at the historical Highclere Castle, the centerpiece for the PBS show Downton Abbey, including airfare provided by Delta Airlines. The Mighty Untouchables (one of San Diego’s favorite bands) will provide music for dinner and dancing.

A fabulous evening is planned with proceeds benefiting City Ballet of San Diego’s performances and education and outreach programs serving over 20,000 children and patrons annually.The Hotel del Coronado is also the company’s Season Sponsor and it will host a delightful Champagne Reception where guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Lopez. The reception will also include legendary ballet characters, such as the Black Swan from Swan Lake, The Firebird, Carmen, Giselle and more. Ballerinas will happily pose with guests for memorable photo opportunities.

Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine pairings in the legendary Crown Room after a mini ballet performance.Lopez and Diess will have guests laughing and trying to outbid each other during therousing live auction for one-of-a-kind experiences. The Mighty Untouchables follow and will have guests on their feet as they dance the night away. For event tickets, visit

City Ballet’s 26th Anniversary 2018-19 Season performance offerings begin Nov. 2-4 with “Tchaikovsky Spectacular.” The program includes Swan Lake Act II, Black Swan Pas de Deux, and Tchai Celebration. Awarded the “Best Nutcracker” in San Diego by the Tommy Awards, the perennial favorite production of “The Nutcracker”follows with 12 public performances, Dec. 7-23. “Balanchine Masterpieces 2019” offers three ballets by the legendary George Balanchine, including Apollo, Rubies from Jewels, and The Four Temperaments March 8-10, 2019.

The season concludes May 10-12 with “Mozart’s Requiem” and a World Premiere by Resident Choreographer Geoff Gonzalez. All performances are accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by John Nettles.All ballet performances are at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego.Currently season ticket packages are offered at or by calling 858-272-8663.Single tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

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