The 2007-2008 Season Overview:
Bass Performance Hall Monday, October
29 - 8:00 PM, 2008
Album for the Young Music by Lowell Liebermann Choreography by Paul Mejia
Scriabin Sonata Music by Alexander Scriabin Choreography by Paul Mejia
Carmen Suite Music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin Choreography by Alberto Alonso Staged by Alexander Vetrov
Album for the Young, which opens the
evening, was choreographed by Mr. Mejia and premiered to great acclaim in 2005. The music is by Mr. Lowell Liebermann, one
of todays most frequently performed and commissioned composers. Twenty-three year-old Russian born pianist Gleb Ivanov, will
play the piano accompaniment for the ballet.
Set to Scriabin’s romantic Sonata
No. 3 in F# minor, Op. 23, the Scriabin Sonata is a passionate ballet choreographed for one woman, danced by Olga Pavlova,
and a corps of men. It was first performed for the Company in 1999.
Carmen Suite will close the performance. Both the arrangement and the choreography
for Carmen Suite were created especially for the great Soviet ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya, former soloist with the Bolshoi
Ballet Theatre. Guest dancer, Marianna Ryzhkina, principal dancer with the Bolshoi since 1989, will perform the title role.
Ms. Ryzhkina bears the prestigious title Honored Artist of Russia.
THE NUTCRACKER (full-length, two acts)
Hall, the University of Texas at Arlington Friday, December 21st – 7:30 PM, 2007 Saturday, December 22nd - 2:00 and
7:30 PM, 2007 Sunday, December 23rd - 2:00 PM, 2007 Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Alexander Vetrov
Set to the timeless score by Tchaikovsky,
Alexander Vetrov's choreography of The Nutcracker is both unique and captivating. Influenced by the Bolshoi, with choreography
in part by Yuri Grigorovich, it has been pleasing audiences and garnering great critical acclaim since it was first premiered
in December 2003. The production will feature the entire Company and students from Metropolitan Ballet Academy who will dance
the numerous children roles.
Hall Monday, March 10th, 8:00 PM, 2008
World Premiere Choreography by Alexander Vetrov
Donizetti Variations Music from Don Sebastian by Gaetano Donizetti Choreography by George Balanchine
Balanchine Ballets © The George Balanchine Trust Staged by Paul Mejia
Violin Concerto Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography
by Paul Mejia
The music from Donizetti Variations
is from excerpts from the opera Don Sebastian written in 1843. Balanchine choreographed the ballet for a principal
couple and a corps of six women and three men. It premiered November 16, 1960, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music
and Drama, New York.
The evening will close with Mr. Mejia’s
Violin Concerto. The ballet premiered in Fort. Worth in 1991, and Mr. Mejia is restaging it for ballerina Olga Pavlova.
Written in 1878, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 is one of the best known of all violin concertos.
It was his only concerto for violin and is considered to be among the most technically difficult works for violin. Eric Grossman
will play the accompaniment for the ballet.
Bass Performance Hall
June 21st, 8:00 PM, 2008
Romeo and Juliet Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Paul Mejia
Great Classical Divertissements Staged by Alexander Vetrov with International guest artists
The Summer Gala will open with Romeo and
Juliet. A fantasy overture composed by Tchaikovsky in 1869, it was one of three compositions inspired by Shakespeare.
Paul Mejia became intrigued by all three of the overtures because of the musical impression of each story as a whole, in terms
of their emotional and psychological impact, and challenged himself as a choreographer to bring them to life. Romeo and
Juliet premiered in Guatemala in 1977. It was later performed by legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell in New York City
and has since been performed throughout Europe and the United States to great public and critical acclaim.
The evening will conclude with a selection
of divertissements from the Classics, which will offer great bravura dancing that will showcase the strong artistic
personalities of the Company dancers and guests.
Programming, program order and casting for all productions is subject
to change without notice.
In keeping with tradition, individual season subscriptions for all three performances of the Bass Hall. Subscribers have the option of adding The Nutcracker at 10% below
single ticket prices. Season subscriptions and The Nutcracker tickets are available only through the administrative office
of Metropolitan Classical Ballet, 500 W. Abram, Arlington, Texas 76010 or by calling (817) 275-0598 or (817) 465-4644 or online.
Single ticket sales for the Bass Hall productions
are available by calling Bass Performance Hall Ticket Office at (817) 212-4280 or by calling Metropolitan Classical Ballet
at (817) 275-0598, or print an online order form at www.mcballet.org. Group discounts are available.
Metropolitan Classical Ballet, recognized
as one of the leading dance companies in Texas, was founded in 1997. Artistic directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov are
two of the most recognized names in ballet. Mr. Mejia, former dancer with the New York City Ballet who danced principal roles
in many Balanchine ballets, carries on Balanchine’s style and artistic vision though his acclaimed choreography. Alexander
Vetrov, former leading male principal dancer with the prestigious Bolshoi has the distinction of being the recipient of the
Honored People’s Artist of Russia, the highest honor given by the Russian President. Mr. Vetrov still maintains
close connections with the Bolshoi today. Performances reach over 30,000 individuals each season. The Company performs at
the prestigious Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, and presents its annual production of The Nutcracker at Texas
Hall, at the University of Texas at Arlington. Located in Arlington, the administrative office and spacious state of the arts
studios are unsurpassed in the North Texas area.
Metropolitan Classical Ballet 2007 / 2008
is made possible in part by its generous sponsors: American Airlines, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the law firm
of Hill Gilstrap.