Duly Noted: Stravinsky Pulls the Strings

NPR has a great piece today celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka (one of the world premiere ballets that will open our 2011/2012 season).   Here’s a tidbit: in Petrushka, Stravinsky’s next collaboration with Ballets Russes, the young composer begins to uncover his true voice. Writer Jeremy Noble calls it “the ability to express… Read More

Looking Back at the First Firebird

by OBT Historian Linda Besant The original Firebird premiered in 1910 for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris. For nearly twenty years, from 1909 to 1929, Diaghilev’s company of primarily Russian-trained dancers performed radical new ballets that gave equal expression to all the arts involved. Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes were among the greatest fruits… Read More