Cleveland Ballet Closes 2022-23 Season with  George Balanchine’s Exquisite Serenade & World Premiere of Company’s First Commissioned Score, Symphony of Life April 21 and 22, 2023 Acclaimed Company celebrates end of 8th season with Two company premieres, a live orchestra, commissioned score by world-renowned Israeli composer Anna Segal, ballet by critically acclaimed Russian choreographer, Ilia Zhivoi and the Playhouse Square debuts of Ohio’s new Cleveland Ballet Orchestra led by Conductor Caleb Young and Concertmaster Alexandra Preucil

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Cleveland Ballet Closes 2022-23 Season

with

George Balanchine’s Exquisite Serenade

&

World Premiere of Company’s First Commissioned Score,

Symphony of Life

April 21 and 22, 2023

Acclaimed Company celebrates end of 8th season

with

Two company premieres, a live orchestra,

commissioned score by world-renowned Israeli composer Anna Segal,

ballet by critically acclaimed Russian choreographer, Ilia Zhivoi

and

the Playhouse Square debuts of

Ohio’s new Cleveland Ballet Orchestra

led by Conductor Caleb Young and Concertmaster Alexandra Preucil

Symphony of Life – Photo Credit: New Image Photography

Cleveland Ballet celebrates the culmination of its 8th season with a history making moment of its own. In an evening of timeless elegance and effervescence, the season ending performance offers not one, but three company firsts -its first performance of George Balanchine’s world-renowned Serenade, the world premiere of Israeli composer Anna Segal’s Symphony of Life, choreographed by Ilia Zhivoi, and the company’s first performances with the newly formed Cleveland Ballet Orchestra.

George Balanchine’s acclaimed seminal work – and his first ballet choreographed in America, set to Tchaikovsky’s rich, poignant Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, opens the evening and is the first work by the company to be performed with a live orchestra, the new Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. Coupled with this historical groundbreaking work is the world premiere of the company’s first commissioned score – Anna Segal’s Symphony of Life with choreography by Ilia Zhivoi. Symphony of Life is Cleveland Ballet’s seventh commissioned ballet, its first commissioned score and second ballet performed with a live orchestra. Conductor Caleb Young makes his debut at Playhouse Square, as does violinist Alexandra Preucil (who has worked with the Ballet before).

A program of poetic grace, vulnerability and independence, Cleveland Ballet offers two performances only. Company Co-Founder and Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe said, “We are thrilled to close our eighth season with this exciting evening of dance. It has been our pleasure to be an active member of the Cleveland community and to offer artistic programs of creativity and originality, performances that not only promote the traditional works of the genre, but modern works that expand the boundaries of classical ballet. We know our audiences will enjoy this concert as much as our dancers enjoy performing it!”

Co-founder, CEO and President Dr. Michael Krasnyansky stated, “Cleveland Ballet is honored to have been granted the rights for the first time to perform one of the most celebrated ballets in the history of dance by The George Balanchine Trust. This work symbolizes many of the principles Cleveland Ballet was found on – creativity, originality, passion, grace and moving forward the concept of what ballet can be. We are thrilled to offer this masterpiece in our season closing performances, as well as introduce a new work to the modern ballet cannon.”

Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Ballet Presents

George Balanchine’s Serenade

Deborah Wingert, Repetiteur on Behalf of The George Balanchine Trust

Anna Segal’s Symphony of Life, choreographed by Ilia Zhivoi

Cleveland Ballet Orchestra

Caleb Young, conductor

Alexandra Preucil, Concertmaster

Tickets may be purchased below through Playhouse Square

or through Cleveland Ballet.

Please call 216.320.9000 x 107 or [email protected]

To order online click here.

Serenade

CHOREOGRAPHY by George Balanchine

© The George Balanchine Trust

STAGING Deborah Wingert

LIGHTING DESIGN Dennis Dugan

COSTUME Sam Meredith & Pro Tutu Studio

Anna Segal/Ilia Zhivoi Symphony of Life

CHOREOGRAPHY Ilia Zhivoi

COMPOSER Anna Segal

SET DESIGN Jeff McLaughlin

LIGHTING DESIGN Dennis Dugan

COSTUME Sonia Vartanian & Cleveland Ballet Costume Shop

CONDUCTOR Caleb Young

CONCERTMASTER Alexandra Preucil

Founded in 2014 by Ukranian American businessman Dr. Michael Krasnyansky and international dancer and choreographer turned Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe, Cleveland Ballet in eight short seasons has established itself as a nationally renowned ballet company acclaimed for its commitment to innovation, diversity and creativity. One of the fastest growing companies in the nation, Cleveland’s resident ballet company, comprising thirty-two artists from all over the globe, is a smaller, more flexible company than most traditional ballet companies. Three years into the company’s career, Cleveland Ballet became the resident company of Playhouse Square, the largest theater district outside of New York.

 

The company, now in its eighth season, has developed a reputation for creating and sustaining traditions and cultivating appreciation for one of the most dramatic, elegant, and powerful art forms. Since its launch, Cleveland Ballet has commissioned seven ballets, one ballet score and Ms. Guadalupe has herself choreographed numerous new works for the company.

 

Cleveland Ballet has built upon the vision and business acumen of Adella Prentiss and impresario Giacomo Bernardi, who were instrumental in the development of Cleveland’s dance audience. They were responsible for bringing Anna Pavlova, one of the world’s foremost ballerinas of the 20th century, to the city, as well as the internationally famous Diaghilev Ballets Russes, which performed in Cleveland during their first U.S. tour.

 

Following a successful summer residency at Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in Vermillion, Ohio, Cleveland Ballet’s 2022-23 season offers performances of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, a sold-out tour of The Little Nutcracker at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio, and Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker, to close out the first half of the season. Debuting in the new year is Momentum!, the company’s debut at Florida’s Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, a performance featuring two new works by Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe. In the spring, the company premieres George Balanchine’s Serenade,a staple of New York City Ballet’s repertory with the world premiere of Symphony of Life, featuring Cleveland Ballet’s first commissioned musical score by world renowned Israeli composer Anna Segal, with choreography by critically acclaimed choreographer, Ilia Zhivoi. The production will feature the newly formed Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, a twenty-four piece group hand-picked by esteemed violinist and former Cleveland Orchestra assistant concertmaster Alexandra Preucil, led by conductor Caleb Young in their Playhouse Square debuts.

 

The company continues to advance its educational outreach initiatives to service area school children, partnering with Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Cleveland Browns Foundation Stay in the Game! Network, the Cleveland Cavaliers Community Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club and Girl Scouts of America. This season, area youth will experience Swan Lake and The Nutcracker courtesy of Ohio Arts Council, Edwin D. Northup II Fund (a PNC Charitable Trust), and the Phyllis H. & William H. Evans Charitable Foundation. www.clevelandballet.org

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