The Richard Rodgers songs, like Getting to Know You, My Heart Stood Still, and The Lady Is a Tramp, are played by City Ballet Orchestra, tonight conducted by Andrews Sill, with the requisite three-man jazz trio of orchestra members and two guest singers.
Leah Horowitz and Joseph Eletto, the Guest Singers, were especially entrancing in vocal expression tonight.
All three couples were compelling, with stunning serenity.
I am continually struck by Facades, with the silhouetted female corps holding hands, walking like moving keys on the piano.
The only difference from immediate past seasons was that this year’s ‘red carpet’ was purple, and encompassed much of the Lincoln Center plaza rather than just the DHK Theater outside wall.
10016 1 (212) 725 1174 1 (866) 725 1174 The Finest in Modern Dancewear, Character Shoes, Ballet Slippers, and Gym Outfits Ask for Ronnie!Robin Wagners scenery has a mirror bent back with elegant stairs. The men, in black tuxes, were on fire tonight, making the most of the high-rhythm dance tunes. Fairchild wins the wow-award, with dizzying spins, dashes, and ballroom partnering extraordinaire.It achieves the concept of an onstage nightclub, with bistro tables and the Corps as waiters. With the immediacy of the live singers and onstage trio, on piano, bass, and drums, the audience is swept in. And, Sterling Hyltins green-fringed mini gown transported the crowd.What was a pleasant surprise is that the Gala consisted entirely of skillfully created and executed pieces by contemporary choreographers, and included two flat out fabulous world premieres : Justin Peck’s “Belles-Lettres” and Liam Scarlett’s ”Funerailles”.Troy Schumacher’s “Clearing Dawn” was lighter and less complex, and though it was a nice introduction to his choreography, it suffered by being on the same program with the other premieres. Peck, a company soloist and its newly appointed Resident Choreographer. The term also brings to mind the phrase “Belle Époque,” descriptive of a period in Europe from the early 1870s to the beginning of World War I characterized by peace and prosperity, and a golden age of the arts (including the flowering of belles-lettres).
Balanchine created five "campaigns" with changing Sousa themes.