Stravinsky and Balanchine: Apollo and Violin Concerto

Lourdes Lopez (artistic director), Michael Tilson Thomas (music direction) — With James Ehnes and Miami City Ballet

Certain chapters are not available.
Thank you for your understanding.


Lourdes Lopez — Artistic director

Emily Eckstein — Video designer

James Ehnes — Violinist

Miami City Ballet

New World Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas — Conductor

Program notes

This electrifying night of music and dance in Miami celebrates the storied association between composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer George Balanchine—a partnership that revolutionized ballet—with Stravinsky protégé Michael Tilson Thomas and Balanchine dancer Lourdes Lopez!

Stravinsky’s magnificent score for 1928’s Apollo, the duo’s first collaboration of many, inspired the young Balanchine to reevaluate the relationship between music and movement. The Miami City Ballet presents his original, timeless choreography, whose pared-down elegance and enhanced freedom of movement came to define neoclassicism in ballet. Then, after Emily Eckstein's immersive video show accompanying the jocular Circus Polka, violin virtuoso James Ehnes brings his prodigious talents to the mix as another brilliant Balanchine staging turns the lively lyricism of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto into visual poetry.

A closer look: featured composers

Appears in

More info