|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
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