NYC Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia on PBS
Dec. 31, 7pm, PBS in nyc. Check your local PBS listings for:
Bringing Ballanchine Back
If you like ballet and not limited to Petipa and story ballets, and you've never seen George Ballanchine's ballets, you will be in for a treat. It's strictly classical but not in the 'old' tradition. Mr. B, as he was called, considered St. Petersburg his adopted home town, and although he visited it before he died, I do not believe his company ever performed there. So this trip was to pay him homage in his home town.
I am not sure of the ballets they are using but I believe it will be Symphony in C (or Palais des Glace) by Bizet; Agon by Stavrinsky; and Western Symphony (a collection of American folk tunes orchestrated by Hershey Kay).
The last mentioned will show how brilliant Mr. B was with any kind of music. I would love some skater to do a number to Western Symphony but the Kay orchestration has never been recorded.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Oooh, sounds good! Thanks! Western Symphony is one of the very few Balanchine ballets in active repertory that I never saw.
Matt Savoie~Soul Skater
Thanks for the info! I will definitely be watching that on New Years Eve.
Keeper of Bab's Death Stare...
I adore Balanchine! Thanks for posting this...
Just a reminder. If you are staying at home for New Years Eve, check out the Ballanchine Ballet on PBS.