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Program

Spring Gala

MAY 5 at 7 PM

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stravinsky Festival

The centerpiece of the 2022 Stravinsky Festival is a gala performance, highlighted by a world premiere from former Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley in tribute to George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky’s landmark works. The score for the premiere will be created by composer and writer David K. Israel and based on a 1946 musical exchange between Balanchine and Stravinsky, in which the choreographer wrote an acrostic poem in Russian as a gift for Stravinsky’s 65th birthday and set it to a simple melody that the composer then harmonized as a gesture of gratitude. This celebratory program will open with Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka, a whimsical escapade for a carousel of 48 students from the School of American Ballet, joined by Balanchine’s Scherzo à la Russe, a sprightly dance for a female ensemble, and his streamlined masterpiece Stravinsky Violin Concerto.

Details regarding the 2022 Spring Gala celebration will be released at a later date. To reserve gala tickets or to support the event, please email specialevents@nycballet.com.

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