The legendary impresario Serge Diaghilev of Les Ballet Russes commissioned from Stravinsky and Ravel some of the greatest music for the ballet. His influence stretched from St. Petersburg to Paris to the New York City Ballet, founded by Diaghilev s collaborator Georges Balanchine. Former NYCB Composer in Residence Bright Sheng captures the beauty of the dance with his Prelude to Black Swan.
This program will be an exploration of the creative process, tracing the genesis of Beethoven s iconic symphony and the development of a new work by a modern master. Interactive features will show how short rhythmic and melodic motives evolve into vast symphonic organisms. Interviews will include leading Beethoven scholars and the All-Star musicians.
Robert Schumann s wife Clara was herself a gifted pianist and composer. She became a lifelong friend and source of inspiration for Schumann s prot g Johannes Brahms. This program will explore the turbulent musical and emotional relationships between these three, and the masterpieces that they produced.
Inspired by American dreams and legends, Dvo k created some of his greatest works while living in the United States; above all, the New World Symphony. This program will investigate the multiple stories and influences Native American, African-American, and Czech that Dvo k transformed in his most forward-looking symphony.
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