Ballet West with the Utah Symphony

Location: Abravanel Hall
Price Range: $18.00 - $80.00
Duration: approximately 2 hours including intermission

Friday, February 26, 2016 | 7:30 PM    Find Tickets
Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 7:30 PM    Find Tickets


Thierry Fischer, conductor
Louis Schwizgebel, piano
Allison DeBona, Jenna Rae Herrera, Sayaka Ohtaki, Christopher Rudd, Rex Tilton, Joshua Whitehead, and Arolyn Williams, dancers from Ballet West
Utah Symphony Orchestra

Program To Include

GERSHWIN An American in Paris
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G

*Please note: Jeux (Games) includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Contact our ticket office at 801-533-6683 with specific questions.

Delight your senses.

An engaging performance for the ears and eyes! Pieces by Gottschalk, Ravel, and Debussy accompany expressive performances by dancers from the world-renowned Ballet West.


George Gershwin (1898 — 1937): An American in Paris


Gershwin composed An American in Paris in 1928, when he was not quite 30, on commission from the New York Philharmonic. For those of us who know his songs best, this sparkling ballet score-cum-tone poem is one of the best gateways to his skill as a composer in the classical mold. No composition by Gershwin or anyone else can beat it for its energetic, exuberant expression of love for a city and for life itself. SEE MORE...


Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829 — 1869): Grand Tarantelle

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons; 2 horns, 2 trumpets,; timpani, bass drum, crash cymbals,  snare drum, tambourine,  triangle, harpsichord; strings

Performance time: 8 minutes


For a while, the strange case of Louis Moreau Gottschalk centered on his ethnicity: Was he the first African American to achieve international prominence as a classical musician? We know that his father was German, and that he was raised in a household that included his Grandmother Buslé and his nurse Sally, who were born in what was then Sainte-Domingue. At his début as a musical prodigy at age 11, the concert program described him as "a young Creole." SEE MORE...


Maurice Ravel (1875 — 1937): Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra


More than most, Ravel's two piano concertos are the subject of the kind of colorful lore that music historians revel in. Both were composed between the two world wars and are considered among Ravel's premier achievements, though the remarkable concerto in D major for the left hand, originally rejected by its dedicatee, is perhaps more storied and more rarely heard. SEE MORE...

Claude Debussy (1862 — 1918): Jeux


In his scenario for the ballet Jeux (Games), the legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky describes a scene of hazy light, mysterious ambiance, and actions that are ambiguous and sexually suggestive. The same could be said about the circumstances that surrounded the creation of the ballet itself and gave rise to Debussy's commission, which he nearly rejected. SEE MORE...


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