Balanchine Masterpieces - Mar 8th -10th

Balanchine Masterpieces

Accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles conducting

City Ballet is proud to present three masterpieces choreographed by the great George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet. The Russian born genius is widely considered to be the greatest ballet choreographer of the 20th century and created over 300 ballets during his prolific career.

Dates and Times

Friday, March 8, 2019 – 8pm
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 8pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 2pm
Free Lecture by Artistic Director Steven Wistrich ½ Hour Prior to each Performance


Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway, Downtown San Diego
Directions to Spreckels Theatre


Balanchine regarded Apollo as his coming of age. Created in 1928, the ballet depicts Apollo, the young god of music, who is visited by the muses of poetry, mime, dance and song. The startlingly contemporary choreography was ahead of its time and at the age of 24 earned Balanchine international recognition. Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, this ballet remains one of Balanchine’s greatest artistic achievements.

Rubies, a 19-minute whirlwind of a ballet for 15 dancers, is the second act of George Balanchine’s unique, plotless three-act ballet called “Jewels”. Rubies is crisp and athletic, epitomizing the collaboration of composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer George Balanchine. Clothed in sparking, bejeweled ruby red costumes, this jazzy, sassy choreography is a joyous exciting experience for the dancers as well as the audience.

George Balanchine choreographed The Four Temperaments in 1946. It was one of his earliest experimental works and one of his most admired and critically acclaimed ballets. With a commissioned score by neo-classical composer Paul Hindemith. The ballet depicts four movements – Melancholic – Sanguinic – Phlegmatic – Choleric – and the choreography brilliantly reflects these principals. Athletic, powerful, alluring and unforgettable – The Four Temperaments remains one of the greatest contemporary ballets in the world.

Special Thanks to Our Season Sponsor

Hotel del Coronado

Financial support for City Ballet is provided in part by the City of San Diego
Commission for Arts and Culture.



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