Dancing into Chicago on the heels of last week’s Joffrey Ballet we have American Ballet Theatre in town this week for a handful of performances. Edward Kelsey Moore and his cello will play in the orchestra for two of the Program “B” mixed repertoire dance performances, this Friday, February 23rd and also the matinee on Sunday, February 25th, 2018. Other ABT performances (without Edward) are a gala-fundraiser for Millennium Park’s modern Harris Theater on Wednesday evening, two performances of the “A” program of mixed repertoire and a special children’s matinee on Saturday. Click the button for more info and tickets.
And, dear readers, don't fret... Edward loves to sit and write in the excited and energized orchestra "green room" between rehearsals, and while waiting for performances to begin. Music-making and novel writing "play well" together for Edward Kelsey Moore!
Since 1939, American Ballet Theatre has performed in the greatest theaters around the world, creating a tradition of passion, innovation, and athleticism that transcends cultural boundaries and touches the soul of ballet lovers old and new.
With Mardi Gras in full parade today our thoughts turn to the delicious foods of New Orleans: jambalaya, gumbo, beignet doughnuts and King Cake! And then we have Valentines Day: chocolate, candy hearts and thoughts of love… To celebrate these occasions here’s a sweet essay by Edward Kelsey Moore from a few years ago entitled: Deceptions, Distortions, Desserts, that may be new to you. As a classical musician and a bestselling author Edward Kelsey Moore is often asked which is his first love, music or writing? My favorite thing is, and has always been, food, he writes in this humorous piece.
You can read this essay (free!) at ClassicalMPR -- by clicking here. It is also available on the (hassle-free and cost-free) music streaming portal, YourClassical. And you can enjoy some other (free) essays by E.K.M. -- just click here. Let the celebrations begin!
Opening on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 the Joffrey Ballet’s Modern Masters is a mixed repertoire dance program containing four works. It will feature a World Premiere by Joffrey ballet master Nicolas Blanc, set to an orchestral and electronic soundscape by Mason Bates; the Chicago premiere of Kammermusik No. 2, one of George Balanchine’s earliest experimental works, set to a neoclassical score by Paul Hindemith; Body of Your Dreams, a tongue-in-cheek “take” on fitness by Myles Thatcher, a dancer and choreographer with the San Francisco Ballet, set to a score by the Dutch avant pop composer Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Glass Pieces, a full company work set to the music of Philip Glass which choreographer and Broadway director Jerome Robbins created for the New York City Ballet. The Chicago debut of this work!
Edward Kelsey Moore will be among his Chicago Philharmonic orchestra colleagues for these performances.
Joffrey Ballet ~ Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
Opening Night ~ February 7th, 2018
Performances: February 9th to 11th and February 15th thru 18th.
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