Nashville Ballet concludes 25th anniversary season


To conclude its 25th anniversary season, Nashville Ballet will present audience favorites Afternoon of a Faun and Carmina Burana April 29 through May 1 in TPAC’s Jackson Hall.
One of the most recognizable pieces of classical music in the world, Carmina Burana will be performed live by 75 children from the Nashville’s Children’s Choir, 205 singers from The Nashville Symphony Orchestra Chorus, 65 musicians from The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and three featured guest vocalists, alongside 30 dancers from Nashville Ballet.
“Staging such an enormous production is a perfect way to end our 25th anniversary season on a memorable note,” said Nashville Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling. “All of the local organizations that contribute to our production illustrates just how much talent and culture Nashville has to offer.”
Immediately before Carmina Burana, Nashville Ballet will present Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Salvatore Aiello in 1988, based on the ballet originally created by Vaslav Nijinsky in 1912. Afternoon of a Faun tells the story of a faun who encounters four nymphs in the forest. The faun falls in love with one of the nymphs, but is left heartbroken when the nymph does not reciprocate his love.
“At its heart, Afternoon of a Faun illustrates the awakening of desire for these characters who were inspired by ancient Greek mythology,” said Ballet Master Tim Yeager. “Aiello’s choreography illustrates abstract concepts like desire, rejection and personal discovery so tastefully and gracefully that we chose to present his recreation of this classic ballet.”
Carmina Burana and Afternoon of a Faun will be staged at TPAC’s Jackson Hall Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30.