by Paula Citron
The National Ballet of Canada’s mixed concert includes works from the 1970s by three great American choreographers. Each ballet is also enriched by vocal or instrumental soloists. Thus, the pieces are thematically linked by time, by geography and by music. They also travel from joy, to despair, to hope. It is very clever programming and the company looks strong, with many younger dancers getting a chance to shine.
The new repertoire work is Eliot Feld’s jaunty “A Footstep of Air” (1977) set to Beethoven’s arrangements of Irish and Scottish folk songs orchestrated by Sol Berkowitz. The singers are soprano Stacie Carmona, tenor Adam Luther and baritone Peter Barrett.
Jerome Robbins’ “Opus 19/The Dreamer” (1979) features supremely talented violinist James Ehnes in Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 1”, while Glen Tetley’s “Voluntaries” (1973) is graced by the great Montreal organist Geneviève Soly in Poulenc’s “Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings and Timpani”.
The Feld/Robbins/Tetley program continues until Sunday.
From the Four Seasons Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.