Taste of Tchaikovsky to open ballet season


Poised to begin its 15th year of bringing the joys of classical dance to local audiences, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis has announced the details of its new season.

Performances begin Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, with guest artists Cynthia Harvey and Wes Chapman, both principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. They will perform Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and the Grand Pas de Deux from "Sleeping Beauty."

Also on the program are the world premiere of "Passion" by composer Leonard Moses, and "Sapphire Romance," which features music from Rachmaninoff's impassioned Piano Concerto No. 2. Both are creations of Edward Stewart, BTA's artistic director.

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a visit to the ballet, and this year will be no exception. On Dec. 9, youngsters of all ages will be able to enjoy "Santa's Workshop," a 45-minute performance that finds Santa busily preparing for the holiday season with the help of Mrs. Claus and their elves. Festive music by Rossini and Respighi will set the mood.

The perennially popular "Nutcracker" will take center stage at Maryland Hall that same Saturday evening and run though Dec. 17. This is one of the hottest tickets in town each year, so patrons are advised to book early.

BTA is fast becoming one of Maryland's most popular cultural attractions and will take "Nutcracker" on the road to Cumberland and Hagerstown, giving the folks out west a chance to enjoy some of the Capital City's culture.

BTA will return to the local stage April 12 with an evening of dramatically intense choreography reprising several of the company's most requested favorites. There will be the "Three Faces of Eve," based on the story of the young woman whose mind housed three separate personalities. Music by Ernest Bloch and Gunther Schuller adds to the drama.

A second work will be Edward Stewart's "Four Ancient Elements," a fast-paced contemporary piece set to the incredible music of Bela Bartok.

The 1995-1996 season will conclude April 13 and April 14 with the return of "Beauty and the Beast," a ballet in three acts, set to the music of Leo Delibes and Leon Minkus.

Season subscriptions are now on sale at $40 per adult, $25 per child. The deadline for new and renewing subscribers is Saturday. For subscription brochures or to place a credit card order, call BTA's box office at 263-2909.

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