Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Opens Pennsylvania Ballet Season

Classic Arts News   Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Opens Pennsylvania Ballet Season
Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 41st season tomorrow night at Philadelphia's Academy of Music with a program of ballets by George Balanchine, including Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, set to music from Richard Rodgers' On Your Toes.

The program also includes Balanchine's Ballo della regina and Agon. Ballo della regina, with ballet music taken from Verdi's Don Carlo, was originally created for dancer Merrill Ashley, who is staging PB's version. Agon is the last of Balanchine's collaborations with the composer Igor Stravinsky.

The company's season runs through mid-June, and includes Jerome Robbins' The Concert, John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Frederick Ashton's La fille mal gard_e, and a program that includes both Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and Peter Martins' The Waltz Project.

The Pennsylvania Ballet and its school were established in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, one of Balanchine's prot_g_s.

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