Best of BALANCHINE: Western Symphony / Serenade
presented by Saint Louis Ballet
- Oct 10 - 11 , 2015
- $51, $47, $38, $32 (students $42, $33, $22)
Student & Group discounts available!
UMSL Student and Employee discounts available for this performance. Please visit the Touhill Ticket Office with UMSL ID after the on sale date for more information and to purchase discounted tickets.
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Saint Louis Ballet’s season opens October 10 and 11 with Best of BALANCHINE: Serenade and Western Symphony --two ballets that demonstrate the genius of George Balanchine, one of the twentieth century’s most prolific choreographers and considered to be the “father” of American ballet. Artistic Director Horiuchi will set these two ballets on the company and perform in the program. Personally invited to join New York City Ballet by Balanchine in 1982, Horiuchi is the only living protégé of the great choreographer who is still dancing today.
Balanchine set Serenade to Tchaikovsky’s 1880 Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. Students of the School of American Ballet gave the first performance in 1934; it was the first ballet that Balanchine choreographed in America. Considered to be a milestone in the history of dance, it became one of the signature works in New York City Ballet’s repertory. Comprised of four movements, the ballet is performed by dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background. Western Symphony features cowboys and saloon girls; Balanchine set the ballet to American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay. It premiered in 1954.
“Bringing Balanchine’s work to St. Louis always makes me proud being a New York City Ballet alumnus; plus being one of the last dancers to have worked with him personally…I couldn’t be more excited to launch this Fall season with Serenade and Western Symphony, two of the best of Balanchine’s works dedicated to his love of ballet in America”
~ Gen Horiuchi
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