Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

October 16, 2014 to October 26, 2014 Academy of Music

Epic music propels the opening program of Pennsylvania Ballet's 51st Season. Former Artistic Director Robert Weiss crafts a powerfully pure ballet with Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, a Company premiere. The famous score, featuring a live chorus, culminates with the inspirational "Ode to Joy." Presented for the first time outside Russia by Pennsylvania Ballet, Jeu de Cartes creates a bold, abstract expression of Stravinsky's score of the same name. The French title translates to "The Card Game", which for Alexei Ratmansky- one of the world's most sought-after choreographers- simply addresses "gamble" of choreographing to Stravinsky's musical complexities.