Tchaikovsky

courtesy of Ballet San Antonio

The San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio are teaming up for another big project. That project is one of of the most popular ballets in dance history— Swan Lake , wherein a maiden’s been turned into a swan by way of a spell. Stager Dominic Walsh picks the story up there. "The only way this spell can be broken is by an act of true love, and so she must find a prince who will love her and be faithful." She finds one but then an evil player creates a costly deception. "The only way to...

The version of Swan Lake most often performed today premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, 120 years ago this month. The ballet had been staged before, but it wasn't a hit until choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov revised it. Still, for many people today, Swan Lake feels old and traditional. The mythical story is convoluted and hard to follow, yet it's a must-see for ballet enthusiasts. They marvel at its lyricism, the precision of the corps de ballet, the 32...

Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on tap An easy description for the Mid Texas Symphony program at Brauntex Theatre Sunday afternoon is, 'music just right for children of all ages.' "Every time I hear it, there is just such passion," says director David Mairs. "Whether I was playing it (on french horn), or conducting it, or even just listening, I think Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is such a masterpiece, with hummable melodies!" Also on the program is Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," narrated by...