A collaborative performance by the Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet at Blossom Music Center on September 4 is reviewed by Zachary Lewis in Monday’s (9/6) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “Most enjoyable was ‘Age of Innocence,’ a newish creation by choreographer Edwaard Liang based on music by Philip Glass and Thomas Newman … Nearly as long but much less compelling was James Kudelka’s ‘Pretty Ballet,’ a new setting of Martinu’s Symphony No. 2, a piece coincidentally premiered by the Cleveland Orchestra. … [Assistant Conductor Tito] Munoz and the orchestra, fresh off a European tour, were attentive partners throughout, but nowhere were their contributions more noticeable than in two works with prominent musical roles” (Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme and Gottschalk’s “Grande Tarantelle”). Jane Vranish also reviews the Cleveland-Joffrey collaboration in Wednesday’s (9/8) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Posted September 8, 2010