The opening of our season will celebrate the rich history of Russian ballet. We will be joined by dancers from The Juilliard School to bring to life famous scenes from some of the world’s most popular ballets. In addition, MSO will be partnering with the Mobile Museum of Art to bring you art inspired by Ballet Russes which will be presented by projection during the performance.
Most of the pieces on this concert were premiered by or composed for the ballet company, Ballet Russes. In 1909, Russian empresario Serge Diaghilev founded this company in Paris. Though most of the dancers, choreographers, and composers were Russian, the company never performed in Russia because of the tumultuous political climate. His company represents the Golden Age of ballet which not only revived a dying art form but also inspired a new movement of exploration for fine arts as a whole.
Scott Speck conductor
Chabrier | Fete Polonaise
Debussy | Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Stravinsky | The Firebird
Stravinsky | Pulcinella
Stravinsky | Sacrificial Dance
Tchaikovsky | Excerpts from Sleeping Beauty