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Western Symphony

Western Symphony

Choreographer: George Balanchine, staged by B. Cook
Composer: Hershy Kay
Years performed: 1997

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Traditional American melodies
Composer: Hershy Kay
Premiere: 1954
Average Length: 28 minutes
Number of dancers:  36

About Western Symphony (courtesy of The Balanchine Trust):

Set on a rugged Old West street populated by cowboys and dance hall girls, Western Symphony nevertheless is very much a classical work. The steps Balanchine uses from the traditional ballet vocabulary allude to the steps, formations, and gestures of American folk dancing. The ballet is a striking example of Balanchine’s fascination with American themes. The lively and familiar score consists of classic American folk songs, including “Red River Valley,” “Old Taylor,” “Rye Whiskey,” “Good Night Ladies,” “Oh Dem Golden Slippers,” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me.”


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