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State Street Supports Boston Ballet's 2006 Production of The Nutcracker.

BOSTON -- State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors, is proud to sponsor Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker this holiday season at the recently restored Boston Opera House. As part of its support, State Street will also enable underprivileged youth in the Greater Boston area to access a number of Nutcracker productions by allocating tickets to several community organizations which serve a wide range of local neighborhoods.

"Our long-standing support of Boston Ballet, which spans more than two decades, underscores not only our commitment to local performing arts and historical icons, but also to preserving and protecting Boston's cultural development," said Ron Logue, State Street chairman and chief executive officer.

As a time-honored tradition, The Nutcracker has become an important rite of passage for local children and families. State Street's ongoing partnership with several local community organizations provides wider community access to the performing arts and broadens exposure to unique educational programs and events such as Citydance. Citydance is Boston Ballet's most extensive education and outreach program that brings dance workshops to more than 2,700 Boston Public School children in nearly 250 classrooms each fall. Students showing the most curiosity and natural aptitude are then invited to Boston Ballet's studios for 10 weeks of free dance classes; more than 300 choose to attend each year.

Boston Ballet's 2006 production of The Nutcracker is the latest installment of State Street's support of the local arts community, which recently included sponsorship of "Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006," a major exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on view through March 18, 2007; and a $3 million contribution to support the Institute of Contemporary Art's new and expanded facility on Boston's waterfront.

The 2006 production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, features the entire company and more than 200 children from Boston Ballet School. There are also some exciting new surprises courtesy of renowned magician Marco the Magi. The world-renowned Tchaikovsky score is performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra, led by Music Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee and Associate Conductor Mark Churchill.

About State Street Corporation

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is the world's leading specialist in providing institutional investors with investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading services. With US$11.3 trillion in assets under custody and US$1.6 trillion in assets under management as of 30 September 2006, State Street operates in 26 countries and more than 100 geographic markets worldwide. For more information, visit State Street's website at www.statestreet.com.
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