BSA's students presented Balanchine's Serenade, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and other works in A Russian Serenade. This year's festival culminated a year-long look at Russian art and history in both academics and arts classes.
Chekhov's Three Sisters, was directed by Donald Hicken and presented by BSA's senior acting ensemble.
Serenade featured BSA's dancers and musicians was be presented Wednesday, April 9 at 5pm and Thursday, April 10 at 7pm.
Serenade was choreographed by Deborah Wingert of the Balanchine Trust. BSA alum Andrew Grams conducted the musicians performing with the dancers. The program on the 9th and 10th also featured orchestral and choral works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, and Tavener.
Student academic and visual arts projects were also featured in te Sylvan Gallery and Nehra Theatre Wing.
Students got right in the spirit with a visit the first week of school to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to see Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music. They've since visited the Bakst Theater at the Evergreen Museum and, of course, presented Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
We're grateful to our sponsors BGE; Greenberg Traurig LLP; the Ro and Marius P. Johnson Charitable Legacy; Carol Carter and the Pierians, Baltimore Chapter; Linda Weinberg; and Diane Vuocolo for making this event possible!
Baltimore Magazine selected our first multi-disciplinary project, Appalachian Spring, as one of the best events of 2013! B-mag writer John Lewis reviewed the festival in April and summed it up for the "best of" issue. http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/arts/2013/08/best-of-baltimore-arts
The iconic ballet Appalachian Spring by Martha Graham, Aaron Copland & Isamu Noguchi was brought to life by BSA musicians, dancers and actors in performances in April. Students shone in the first ever high school production of the classic. They trained and prepared with Miki Orihara, Regisseur with the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, and Aaron Sherber, Music Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Brian Floca, illustrator of the children's book, Ballet for Martha, also joined the festivities. An exhibit featuring student work based on the ballet and the 1940's rounded out the event.
City Schools did a wonderful summation of the event:
See John's original blog here:
The groundbreaking performance of Appalachian Spring was also featured in print and online in both the arts sections of The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/artsmash/bs-ae-appalachian-spring-20130406,0,1092269.story?page=1
and The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/young-baltimore-dancers-are-pioneers-inappalachian-spring/2013/04/04/f69942a8-9bc8-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story_1.html.
BSA students created a video recapping their journey learning about and preparing for the festival and performance of Appalachian Spring. To share their journey, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRrITmm08hE&feature=youtu.be