James Gilmer and Maizyalet Velázquez
Director’s Cut is the first performance of Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s 20th Season with Cincinnati Ballet. Cincinnati Ballet’s first series of the 2016-2017 Season, takes the stage Friday, September 16 at 8 pm and Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm at the Aronoff Center. Director’s Cut begins with the world premiere of Patriotic Pas, danced to the music of Morton Gould’s American Salute. Cincinnati Ballet’s Sarah Hairston and Zack Grubbs, will dance excerpts from the ballet Raymonda. A world premiere by choreographer Ma Cong set to the music of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds will be followed by excerpts from Fusion, with choreography by Yuri Possokhov and music by Graham Fitkin. The program will close with James Cunningham’s Prohibition Condition danced to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich..
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CONCERT:NOVA prefers to be called concert:nova in lower case but their programming is CAPS. Not content with what anyone would call a full plate (a seat with the CSO, motherhood, teaching) Ixi Chen will lead the adventurous group in a series of five concerts and an additional “classics to clubs” series designed to attract a young crowd not traditionally associated with the kind of music concert:nova presents. Not all of this is set in stone yet, but Ixi OK’d my giving our readers a few hints.
There will be a first concert featuring music by coffee-loving composers accompanied by samples of the precious brew. A second offering will pair musicians with artists from other disciplines who will then create a work of art in response to the music. A Brahms/Dvorak concert will cater to devotees of 19th Romantic music and that will be followed by a play with music by Eric Westphal about a string quartet in the throes of rehearsing a Mozart piece. All I am allowed to say about the closing concert is that a multi-media work in the form of a chamber opera will bring the group’s season to a big finish.
More information soon at www. concertnova.com