CCM Preparatory students present classic and contemporary winter-themed works during the Fall Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer directs.
The annual concert features excerpts from story ballet Paquita, excerpts from Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Patineurs, a new ballet setting of popular children’s book The Snowy Day and the snow scene from the end of the first act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
The Snowy Day opens the program with original choreography by CCM Prep dance instructor Heather Stevenson. The piece is based on Ezra Jack Keats’ immensely popular 1962 children’s book of the same name, which won the 1963 Caldecott Medal. It tells the story of a small boy experiencing the first snowfall of winter with childlike awe and excitement. Stevenson set this ballet to Jacques Offenbach’s waltz of the snowflakes from his operetta Le voyage dans la lune.
Up next is Les Patineurs, which depicts a group of Victorian skaters frolicking on a frozen pond, with choreography by Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer. After Les Patineurs CCM Prep musicians will take the stage to play a short musical interlude.
The quintessential snow scene from The Nutcracker follows with choreography by CCM Prep dance instructor Ana Bird. This ballet is one of the most beloved holiday traditions for many families and performers, and Tchaikovsky’s music has become a nearly universal sign of the holiday season.
The program’s finale, Paquita is a story ballet set in Napoleonic Spain about a young girl who falls in love with a nobleman. The ballet was first performed in 1846 at the Paris Opéra Ballet with choreography by Joseph Maziller and music by Édouard Deldevez. CCM Prep dancers will perform additional scenes that were added to the ballet in 1881 by composer Ludwig Minkus and choreographer Marius Petipa.
7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10
Patricia Corbett Theater
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle