Welcome to City Ballet The Podcast, an exploration of New York City Ballet where we'll journey through our history, delve into our new and existing repertory, and reveal insider tidbits.
Introduced by Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, the six episodes in Season One of City Ballet The Podcast span three topics: New Combinations hosted by Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Hear the Dance hosted by Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley, and See the Music hosted by Music Director Andrew Litton.
Hear the Dance: The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Host Silas Farley is back with another Hear the Dance episode, devoted to the creation of George Balanchine’s tale of toy romance, The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancers Patricia McBride and Peter Schaufuss, on whom the ballet was created. Reunited for the first time after more than 40 years, the pair's recollections of the ballet's 1975 premiere in Saratoga Springs are as fresh as if it were yesterday. (1:06:28)
See the Music Live: Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
This week’s edition of City Ballet The Podcast is the premiere broadcast of a live See the Music presentation on the score to Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, recorded on the NYCB stage in 2019. Host and Resident Conductor Clotilde Otrantro walks us through the innovations and themes of Brahms’ original chamber music score, and indicates some of the choices Schoenberg made in the instrumentation. Otranto is joined by the NYCB Orchestra for a number of evocative excerpts. (13:33)
Hear the Dance: Red Angels (Part 2)
In this second half of a special 2-part Hear the Dance episode celebrating the life and work of late choreographer Ulysses Dove, host Silas Farley interviews Ulysses’ brother Alfred, Director and Administrator of Ulysses’ estate. Beginning with his childhood in South Carolina and Georgia, Dove traces his brother’s transition from a talented pre-med student at Howard University to a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Company, to his first works as a choreographer commissioned by Alvin Ailey.
Hear the Dance: Red Angels (Part 1)
Former NYCB dancer Silas Farley is back to host a special 2-part episode of Hear the Dance devoted to the life and work of late choreographer Ulysses Dove. Beginning with a brief overview of Dove’s career, this part focuses on Red Angels, the first of two works he choreographed on NYCB. Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal, and violinist Mary Rowell, all of whom performed in the ballet’s 1994 premiere, reunite to discuss Red Angels.
See the Music: Revisiting Symphony in C
City Ballet the Podcast is back with a new season of deep dives into the history and artistry of NYCB. We begin by revisiting our first See the Music episode to celebrate the premiere of the Digital Fall Season. NYCB’s Music Director Andrew Litton delves into Bizet’s Symphony in C, a hidden treasure that found a new popularity with the help of Balanchine. Litton also sits down with NYCB Orchestra’s principal oboist, Julia DeRosa, to discuss Symphony in C’s iconic oboe solo. (26:12)
The Rosin Box: Ask the Dancer
Hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz wrap up this season of City Ballet The Podcast with their last episode of The Rosin Box, responding to a selection of questions submitted by NYCB Instagram followers. Along with Claire and Aarón, NYCB dancers Jared Angle, Teresa Reichlen, Lauren King, Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara, and Mary Elizabeth Sell answer—tune in for their responses .
Thank you for listening to Season Five, and we’ll be back with new episodes in September. (40:00)
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My favorite is the Rosin Box but I love all of the episodes. I love to hear about the music, the choreography and choreographers. It’s all great. It’s wonderful that the dancers’ voices are not only guests but also hosts.
Thanks to everyone involved in making these wonderful, fascinating and enlightening podcasts! Each of the episodes I’ve listened to has inspired me to learn more about things mentioned in that podcast. Extra kudos to Silas Farley for his talent as an interviewer, broadcaster and dance historian!
Really enjoy hearing NYCB dancers and staff discuss their work!