Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 1934

Today, Kate's and us went to Houston Lake, then to Winnwood. Helen and I went swimming. Had a great time.

George Balanchine (January 22, 1903 - April 30, 1983)

Balanchine was one of the 20th century's most famous choreographers, a developer
of ballet in the United States and the co-founder and balletmaster of New York City
Ballet. He was a choreographer known for his musicality; he expressed music with dance and
 worked extensively with Igor Stravinsky. Thirty-nine of his more than four hundred ballets
 were choreographed to music by Stravinsky.

Students of the School of American Ballet gave the first performance of Balanchine's
 Serenade on Sunday, June 10, 1934, on the Felix Warburg estate in White Plains, N.Y.,
where Mozartiana had been danced the previous day. It was the first ballet that Balanchine
 choreographed in America. The official premiere took place March 1, 1935, with the
American Ballet at the Adelphi Theatre, New York, conducted by Sandor Harmati.

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