The Firebird and Tchaikovsky

Saturday Nov 2, 2013

1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

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The Firebird and Tchaikovsky!! ERNESTO CORDERO ĺnsula Tropical, for violin and string orchestra (Latin Grammy nominated work, 2012) TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust) STRAVINSKY The Firebird (1945 version)A bit more than 100 years ago, a then-obscure Russian composer burst out on the European music scene with the June 25, 1910 premiere in Paris of The Firebird ballet. Igor Stravinsky, commissioned for the work by ballet impresario Diaghilev, became an instant musical celebrity due to its immediate enthusiastic reception.   This fall, Festival Ballet Albuquerque and The Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra will bring The Firebird to the stage of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.   The story line of Firebird arises from Russian fairy tales and centers on Prince Ivan entering the magical realm of the evil Kashchei the Immortal. Ivan encounters The Firebird in Kashchei’s magical garden, and … well, some suspense should be left for the performance.   Stravinsky reworked the music of The Firebird several times over the ensuing years. The 1945 score – the one for November’s performances, contains the most music from the original score as any of the composer’s later versions. It was enthusiastically received in 2010, when Festival Ballet Albuquerque presented it in conjunction with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.   “Fusing the art forms of dance and music in collaboration with Patricia is always one of my more rewarding endeavors,” said Guillermo Figueroa, musical director of the music and arts project that bears his name. “Patricia has a special talent for shaping the dance to the music in a way that makes each an enhancement of the other.”   The Firebird will be performed, on a program with other selections by The Project symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through the National Hispanic Cultural Center box office. Prices range from $22 to $80.   Ticket(s): Regular price tickets - $22 / $34 / $46 / $60  For an additional $20 – Post concert reception with the artists, including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine from Casa Rondeña Winery.   $10 student tickets with valid student ID, student tickets available only at NHCC box office, limited quantity available. Plus applicable service charges.   Tickets available at:, NHCC Box Office by calling 505/246-2261, or the NHCC website,, Additional information: or 505-382-3650