Program Two – Featuring Calcium Light NightConcerts & Performances
Program Two includes four ballets. The first ballet is George Balanchine’s Serenade , made in America, in 1934, one of his most famous and cherished works. Endlessly suggestive though essentially plotless, Serenade is impelled forward by Tchaikovsky’s rushing, deeply affecting score. The second ballet is Carousel Pas de Deux. When London’s Royal National Theatre’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel moved to Lincoln Center in 1994, it ran for almost a year, winning five Tony Awards, including one for Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s choreography. His deeply touching duet for the central couple is a quintessential expression of ecstatic – and dangerous – young love. The third ballet is Peter Martins’ first, from 1978 – raw, witty, combative – which pits a modern young couple against each other in provocative seduction and collision. The assertive and challenging score by America’s greatest composer, Charles Ives, is complemented by the electric colors of the ultra-sleek costumes. Calcium Light Night was the first step toward George Balanchine’s choosing Martins to be his successor at New York City Ballet. Number four is Glass Pieces. When Jerome Robbins premiered Glass Pieces in 1983 (with Lourdes Lopez in the original cast), The New York Times hailed it as “a picture of our times – the electronic age, the computer age.” Because its Philip Glass score is so resonant; because it is so brilliantly structured; because its images, beginning with its huge graph-paper backdrop, are so indelible, it continues to grip and thrill audiences everywhere. Tickets from $20.
Friday, January 20 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 21 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 21 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 22 @ 1:00 PM