A $300,000 grant to Ballet West from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation has provided funds for live orchestra music for the remainder of the 1990-91 season, said Stephen D. Swindle, chairman of the company's board of directors.

The grant will enable Ballet West to fully retire its debt to the Utah Symphony for past orchestral services, and provide live music, beginning with Christmas season performances of "The Nutcracker," and continuing with "The Sleeping Beauty" in February and "Romeo and Juliet" in April. The company's current production of "Giselle" had only taped accompaniment, as a cost-cutting measure to stay within budget.