Andris Nelsons, conductor; Boston Ballet; Baiba Skride, violin
Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”), for violin and orchestra When Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins created the hit ballet Fancy Free in 1944, each was just twenty-five years old. As Bernstein’s first ballet score and Robbins’ first full-scale choreographic effort, it catapulted both men to stardom. In what would become his signature style, Robbins combined classical choreography with jazz and popular dance moves. Just months after Fancy Free was premiered at the old Metropolitan Opera House, its scenario had become the basis for Bernstein and Robbins’ hit Broadway musical On the Town (being performed July 7). Fancy Free will be presented here in collaboration with Boston Ballet, using Robbins’ original choreography.