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Balanchine, Tuckett & Bruce opens Friday, November 21 at the Sarasota Opera House with two company premieres of George Balanchine’s Rubies and Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream and the reprisal of Will Tuckett’s Lux Aeterna accompanied to live music by Key Chorale.  Opening the night, Balanchine’s Rubies is set to Igor Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and originally created for New York City Ballet in April 1967.  Rubies is considered crisp and witty and epitomizes Balanchine’s journey from the classical traditions of his homeland in Russia to the contemporary vision of his adopted home, New York City.  In addition, The Sarasota Ballet will premiere Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream to Sarasota audiences.  Woven in to the musical accompaniment of English, Irish and American folksongs, Christopher Bruce’s 1987 work tells a story of migration to the New World from the Old.  Consequently the ballet – built around contrasts and marked rhythms – conjures up the fleeting references of past life:  the folklore of the Old World and the harsh lives, loves and tragedies of the people they once were.  The program also features Tuckett’s Lux Aeterna which premiered last season to standing ovations.  This year, Director Iain Webb is delighted to present the piece with live music sung by Sarasota’s Key Chorale.

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