New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet’s homage to Stravinsky/Balanchine

Posted on: January 31, 2020

“New World Symphony musicians have teamed up with Miami City Ballet dancers for ‘Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Monumental Collaboration,’ to be presented at Miami Beach’s New World Center … Jan. 31 and Feb. 1,” writes Sean Erwin in Tuesday’s (1/28) Miami Herald (FL). “The program features [their 1928 ballet] ‘Apollo’ with two other Balanchine ballets: ‘Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant’ and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. … Miami City Ballet’s artistic director, Lourdes Lopez, … ‘was a student of Balanchine, [and Michael Tilson Thomas] worked and studied with Stravinsky—we could think of no better collaboration for our 21st century institutions and audiences,’ said the New World Symphony’s president and CEO, Howard Herring… ‘They are removing the seats where the audience usually is and placing the musicians there,’ Lopez said. ‘The dancers will be where the musicians usually are. The audience will be only in the mezzanine and in the round.’ … New World Symphony’s Wallcast will project both the music and dance to the audience out in nearby SoundScape Park…. The Feb. 1 performance will air live on Medici.tv, a worldwide classical music streaming platform, where it will remain available for viewing.”