Boston Ballet continues its 50th season celebration with the fifth annual Next Generation performance at The Boston Opera House. The program features pre-professional students from Boston Ballet School, Boston Ballet II, and New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. This year's program will include George Balanchine's Scotch Symphony, Richard Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger, and a world premiere by Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Yury Yanowsky. The one-night-only performance will take place on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00pm.
"This year's program reflects the rich history of our organization," said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. "It is a showcase for the next generation of distinguished, versatile performers that shine in classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works. I'm so excited to celebrate the young talent that will take the stage and fill the pit at the Boston Opera House."
Next Generation will feature over 60 pre-professional students from across the United States and around the world, including Korea, Japan, England, and Canada. The program will open with Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger performed by the musicians of New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Following the overture, Boston Ballet School's pre-professional students will present Les Passages set to music by Adolph Adam, followed by a world premiere choreographed by Principal Dancer Yury Yanowsky. George Balanchine's masterful Scotch Symphony will close the program, staged by New York City Ballet alumni Margaret Tracey, current Director of Boston Ballet School, and Russell Kaiser, Assistant Artistic Director of Boston Ballet. Scotch Symphony will feature Boston Ballet II dancers, pre-professional students, and the musicians of New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to providing excellence in and access to dance education. It reaches more than 4,000 students, ages 9-month to adult each year through its four core programs: Children's Program, Classical Ballet Program, Adult Dance Program and Pre-Professional Program at three locations in the greater Boston area.
Dance and music critics are encouraged to attend and review the May 14 performance of Next Generation at The Boston Opera House.
Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00pm
The Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Boston, MA 20111
Music: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Music: Adolph Adam Le Diable a Quatre
Choreography: Boston Ballet School Pre-Professional Faculty
Music: Mozart Horn Concerto
Choreography: Yury Yanowsky
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography: George Balanchine ©
About Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet's internationally acclaimed performances of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, combined with a dedication to world class dance education and community outreach programs have made the institution a leader in its field, with a 50 year history of promoting excellence and access to dance. The Company launched its 50th season overseas with six critically acclaimed performances at The London Coliseum. Upon the return to the U.S., Boston Ballet kicked off the season at home with the first-ever Night of Stars on Boston Common - a free performance for the Boston community. The historic evening attracted over 55,000 audience members to the largest stage ever built on Boston Common. The monumental season will conclude with a national tour to Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center and New York's David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
Led by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the Company has grown to become a force in the dance world locally, nationally and internationally. Boston Ballet continues this dynamic momentum into its 50th season while honoring its historic roots, the legacy of founder E. Virginia Williams, artistic advisor George Balanchine, and the leadership of artistic directors Violette Verdy, Bruce Marks and Anna Marie Holmes.
The programming for Boston Ballet's sensational 2013-2014 season defines the Company's distinctive style and rich diversity, showcasing its artistic and technical range; from traditional classics like Ashton's Cinderella, Clerc's La Bayadére, Lander's Études, to Balanchine's dazzling Jewels and Resident Choreographer's C. to C. (Close to Chuck). In addition the Company will introduce new voices in dance to the United States, with works by Alexander Ekman (Cacti), Petr Zuska (D.M.J. 1953-1977), and a world premiere by José Martinez.
Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access. The School reaches more than 10,000 students (toddler to adult) each year through Boston Ballet School classes, the Summer Dance Workshop, Pre-professional Summer Dance Program and the Pre-Professional Training held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead.
Boston Ballet's nationally-acclaimed education programs include Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The programs are offered in partnership with the Boston Public Schools and in communities throughout the city and region.
About the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1962, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is the senior most orchestra at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. The YPO is composed of accomplished young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 who are selected annually from over 400 applicants.
Fifteen international concert tours have enriched audiences on four continents and established YPO as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world. Most recently, it traveled to China in 2007 and to Eastern Europe in June 2011. It has performed in some of the finest concert halls of the world, including Vienna's Musikverein and Prague's Rudolfinum, Santiago, Chile's Teatro Municipal, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Teatros Muncipal of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The orchestra has also performed on several occasions in Venezuela, as guests of El Sistema.
The CD recordings of YPO have received acclaim from Classic FM Magazine, Fanfare Magazine and the American Record Guide in which the playing of the Dvorak New World Symphony was lauded as "unbelievable in its conviction and communication." The American Record Guide concluded: "Listen to the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and you will know there is hope for the future…"
Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:
State Street Corporation, 2013 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker, London Tour
The Boston Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
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