Balanchine retained a lifelong affection for Tschaikovsky, whose music inspired several of his greatest works. Serenade, the first original ballet Balanchine created in America, remains as luminous and alluring in its beauty as ever. Mozartiana, choreographed to a Tschaikovsky composition derived from Mozart piano pieces, creates an atmosphere of hushed contemplation that captivates. The grandeur of Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 never fails to weave its rapturous spell in concert with the sumptuous score.
This performance also includes a See the Music segment, which turns the spotlight on the orchestra pit. The conductor or music director will discuss the score for Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto #2 through an orchestra demonstration before the ballet is performed.