Alternately noble and quixotic, Barber Violin Concerto contrasts a classical couple with a bare-footed modern couple as they interchange partners in varying combinations.
Peter Martins created his Barber Violin Concerto to Samuel Barber’s 1941 Violin Concerto, Opus 14, which has become one of the 20th century’s most frequently performed concertos. The ballet, which Martins choreographed for New York City Ballet’s American Music Festival in 1988, features one pair of classical dancers and one pair of modern dancers. The ballet was originally performed by NYCB Principal Dancers Merrill Ashley and Adam Lüders as the classical couple, and Paul Taylor Dance Company member Kate Johnson and choreographer and dancer David Parsons, as the modern couple.
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