The Long Beach Central Area Association is offering free bus transportation and discounted tickets for students and chaperones interested in attending a matinee performance by Misty Copeland in the American Ballet Theatre presentation of "The Firebird," Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Tickets are $25.

Copeland, the only black soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in two decades, is a former San Pedro resident who recently visited Long Beach and San Pedro as part of a Black History Month presentation.

Copeland will dance the title role in "The Firebird," a 1910 ballet by Igor Stravinsky, but making its world debut under Alexei Ratmansky's choreography.

Information on purchasing tickets and the bus schedule is available online at musicuntold.com or by calling 562-436-4352.

- Greg Mellen



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