Cincinnati Ballet is forever indebted to our Artistic Director Emeritus, Frederic Franklin CBE. Freddie’s relationship with Cincinnati Ballet began in 1974, when he joined two former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo colleagues to stage a brand-new production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, which has been a continuing family favorite tradition for 40 years. Freddie served as Cincinnati Ballet’s interim leader from 1984 to 1986, and in 1997, was named Artistic Director Emeritus for his invaluable contributions to our company. He returned on numerous occasions, most notably to recreate, with Principal Ballet Mistress Johanna Bernstein-Wilt, several works from Ballet Russe’s repertory in 2002, the long-absent from stage and much-heralded up on return of the first three movements of Seventh Symphony, and his performance as Friar Lawrence in Cincinnati Ballet’s 2008 production of Romeo & Juliet. Freddie was charming, hugely talented and an incomparable asset to Cincinnati Ballet’s canon. We will fiercely miss his presence, and his memory will forever live on in our footsteps and hearts.