PPG donates $50,000 to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Underwriting supports ‘Forever Love’ featuring ‘glint,’ world premiere ballet

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12, 2008 – The PPG Industries Foundation has underwritten Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s (PBT’s) upcoming production of “Forever Love,” a Valentine's Day weekend, love-themed production scheduled for four performances, Feb. 14-17, at the Byham Theater. The production features the Pittsburgh premiere of Septime Webre’s “Fluctuating Hemlines” and a world premiere, “glint,” that blends a live performance by B.E. Taylor and his band with the contemporary choreography of Lauri Stallings.

“PBT is very excited about performing Lauri Stallings’ innovative and contemporary choreography for the first time,” said Harris N. Ferris, PBT executive director. “We’re very grateful to PPG for its role in making this exciting project possible. Audiences should enjoy the freshness and energetic style of the production.”

In addition to providing underwriting support, PPG donated special polymer resins used by Pittsburgh-based artist Christo Braun to create scenery for “glint.” Braun's artwork uses layers of PPG’s resins on mirrors and stainless steel.

“We are delighted to help fund this program and pleased to share our products for use in the actual production,” said Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG Industries Foundation. “As always, PPG is committed to supporting cultural treasures such as PBT in the communities where our employees live and work. We believe ‘Forever Love’ will be a real treat for audiences.”

About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is a world-class professional ballet company that performs traditional and contemporary ballets and develops innovative new works. It seeks to perpetuate excellence in the art of ballet through performances, superior training of student dancers at the PBT School and a comprehensive series of Arts Education and Community Engagement initiatives. For more information, visit www.pbt.org.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2007 were US$11.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.



Wendy L. McAfoose