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May 19, 2009

A Balanchine sandwich

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Balanchine's Apollo (photo by Marty Sohl)Woo-hoo: Balanchine is back!
Arlington’s Metropolitan Classical Ballet has announced its 2009-2010 season, and we’re grateful for two nuggets of good news in its press release.
One, as previously announced, is its partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Since the financially troubled Texas Ballet Theater can’t afford to use the symphony next season, the Arlington company was able to hire the FWSO for most of its performances.
The second piece of good news: the return of Balanchine ballets to the lineup. MCB, which is known for its beautiful stagings of Mr. B., skipped Balanchine altogether in 2008-2009, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought the season suffered for it. Next year, they’ll start and end the season with the 20th century’s greatest choreographer, so I for one am defintely buying tickets. Here’s the lineup:

Sept. 28 FALL REPERTORY (with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra) Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony and Petipa’s Raymonda, Bass Hall
Dec. 18-20 THE NUTCRACKER (with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), Texas Hall, the University of Texas at Arlington
March 15: SPRING REPERTORY (with pianist Geb Ivanov and violinist Eric Grossman): Les Promenades (Vladimir Vasiliev), For Five and Cafe Victoria (Paul Mejia), and a world premiere by Mejia and Alexander Vetrov. At Bass Hall.
June 19: SUMMER REPERTORY (with Fort Worth Symphony) Balanchine’s Apollo (PICTURED) and Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus, Bass Hall

The fine print: Season subscriptions and individual tickets are available now at Metropolitan Classical Ballet at 500 West Abram in Arlington, or by calling (817) 465-4644. Individual tickets are $45, $38 and $12 and are available through Bass Hall at (817) 212-4280 or http://www.basshall.com. The Nutcracker tickets are available only through Metropolitan Classical Ballet.

 – Marilyn Bailey

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