Three Company premieres by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Peter Wright and Sir Frederick Ashton pay tribute to three Knights of the British Ballet, 20 - 21 November 2015 at the Sarasota Opera House.
MacMillan’s Concerto compliments the precision and invention of Dimitri Shostakovich’s exuberant 2nd Piano Concerto. The 1st and 3rd movements are energetic and exhilarating, and in complete contrast to the breathtaking Andante pas de deux of the 2nd movement. Wright’s Summertide, receiving its American premiere with The Sarasota Ballet, is an abstract expression of Felix Mendelssohn’s mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 2. Marguerite and Armand, created by Ashton for Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, was inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ 19th Century novel La Dame aux Camélias. Ashton chose Franz Listz’s Piano Sonata and elegant designs by Cecil Beaton to capture this timeless story. The Sarasota Ballet is honored to be the FIRST American company to being this prestigious ballet into its repertoire.
Presented with live music by the Sarasota Orchestra, with guest conductor Ormsby Wilkins, Music Director, American Ballet Theatre. Concerto features pianist Jacek Mysinski; Summertide and Marguerite and Armand feature pianist Emily Wong.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Principals Victoria Hulland and Ricardo Graziano talk about their roles as Marguerite and Armand in Ashton’s incredible ballet: