Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 2:00pm Thalia Mara Hall
Our annual Let The Music Dance series continues with a matinee performance on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm at Thalia Mara Hall. This year’s performance series is inspired by all things French! The first ballet of the evening, Impressions, is set to the piano music of Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Jules Massenet and Erik Satie. We restaged a ballet from our 1998 season, Mozart’s Les Petite Riens, meaning “the little nothings.” Mozart’s compositions are delightful musical pieces that stand on their own without a story line.
The final ballet, Le Corsaire, is one that is not seen in the U.S. very often unless you happen to see American Ballet Theatre or the Boston Ballet perform the original full-length ballet. Our dancers perform divertissements from two sections of the ballet: The pas de trois, Trio des Odalisques, and the second is title Le Jardin Anime. Both of these pieces are featured showcases and provide a beautiful departure from the main action of the ballet. Since we are taking these pieces out of context of the entire ballet, it is rightly titled, Divertissements from Le Corsaire. Our guest artists are Sarah Pautz and Jason Pescasio from the Huntsville Ballet Company. The principal couple will perform the famous Le Corsaire pas de deux. Come and let Ballet Mississippi transport you to springtime in Paris with this beautiful evening of music and dance.
We are taking the French theme and adding some pre-performance fun. For those gathering prior to the performance, the ballet guild will offer some French themed sweets and punch. Artistic Director, David Keary, will also be presenting a pre-performance conversation in the lobby area 30 minutes prior to the performance.