SAN DIEGO — Even before Rudolph Nureyev and his stars of the Paris Opera Ballet dance their opening night performance at the Civic Theatre on Friday night, a black-tie audience will toast the legendary danseur at a preperformance party.
The Nureyev Gala, a major fund-raising event to benefit the San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts, will bracket the performance with a champagne supper before curtain time and dancing and dessert with Nureyev and his dancers after the concert. Both bashes are scheduled for the U.S. Grant Hotel.
"We hope to raise nearly one-third of our $323,000 goal for the 1987-88 season," said the foundation's development director, Fred Colby, "and give our supporters a night to remember."
Meanwhile, the Nureyev tickets are selling like hot cakes. Most of the seats were spoken for by the middle of last week.