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GEORGE BALANCHINE'S SERENADE
WITH SYMPHONY OF LIFE

Friday, April 21st at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.

Presenting Sponsor Charles Abookire

In Loving Memory of His Wife

Sandra Hanna Abookire

For the first time, Cleveland Ballet has been granted the rights to perform one of the most celebrated ballets in the history of dance, Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine. Serenade, as a signature work of New York City Ballet’s repertory, has been added to our own fast-growing repertoire, marking the very first ballet our company will perform with a live orchestra. The one-act ballet represents a milestone in the history of dance, being the very first ballet choreographed by Mr. Balanchine in America. The George Balanchine Trust has granted permission for Cleveland Ballet to perform this masterpiece.

Join the company as they immerse themselves into a beautiful and elegant musical score from world-renowned Israeli composer Anna Segal, which is the first commissioned musical score for Cleveland Ballet. The company not only has this exquisite score by Ms. Segal, but the artistic story is told by the critically acclaimed choreographer, Ilia Zhivoi. With 24 musicians making up a quaint but powerful live orchestra, conductor Caleb Young – making his Playhouse Square debut – and musical advisor Alexandra Preucil bring to life Segal’s wonderful piece of music with Cleveland Ballet artists bringing their own artistry and flare to Zhivoi’s beautiful choreography. Symphony of Life breathes new life into Cleveland Ballet, effectively ending their eighth season on a high note. 

SINGLE TICKETS

Individual tickets may be purchased below through Playhouse Square or through Cleveland Ballet Ticketing at 216.320.9000 x 107 or tickets@clevelandballet.org

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS

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CREDITS

George Balanchine's Serenade

CHOREOGRAPHY

George Balanchine

© The George Balanchine Trust

STAGING

Deborah Wingert

MUSIC

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

LIGHTING DESIGN

Dennis Dugan

COSTUME

Sam Meredith & Pro Tutu Studio

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CREDITS

Symphony of Life

CONDUCTOR

Caleb Young

CHOREOGRAPHER

Ilia Zhivoi

COMPOSER

Anna Segal

MUSIC ADVISOR

Alexandra Preucil

SET DESIGN

Jeff McLaughlin

LIGHTING DESIGN

Dennis Dugan

COSTUME

Cleveland Ballet Costume Shop

SYNOPSIS

George Balanchine's Serenade

Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet George Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory. Balanchine began the ballet as a lesson in stage technique and worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. A student’s fall or late arrival to rehearsal became part of the ballet.

After its initial presentation, Serenade was reworked several times. In its present form there are four movements: “Sonatina”, “Waltz”, “Russian Dance”, and “Elegy.” The last two movements reverse the order of Tschaikovsky’s score, ending the ballet on a note of sadness.

Courtesy of New York City Ballet

Symphony of Life

Join the company as they immerse themselves into a beautiful and elegant exclusive musical score from world-renowned Israeli composer Anna Segal. The artistic story is told through the world-premiere choreography from Ilia Zhivoi, a celebrated choreographer and dancer. With 24 musicians making up a quaint but powerful live orchestra, Cleveland Ballet effectively closes the season on a high note. Conductor Caleb Young - making his Playhouse Square debut - and musical advisor Alexandra Preucil bring to life Segal's wonderful piece of music with Cleveland Ballet artists bringing their flare to Zhivoi's beautiful choreography. Symphony of Life breaths new life into the fastest-growing ballet company in the nation.

SEATING CHARTS

Please note that these charts are for informational purposes only. These do not reflect seat availability in Connor Palace, please visit Playhouse Square's website for the most up to date seating availability.

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