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Symphony, ballet join forces
Tim Broekema photo The presentation of Carmina Burana at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center was part of the twin bill with Layla and the Majnun earlier this month. The audience was spellbound during the hour-long performance by the Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Nothing less than superior genius could bring together two challenging shows, including a world premiere, in a weekend of dazzling, kaleidoscopic dance, light and music. Paul Vasterling--CEO, artistic director and choreographer at Nashville Ballet--achieved this triumph with power to spare. Brilliantly marshaling the forces of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, an ensemble from the Nashville Children’s Choir, and the gravity-mocking professional dancers of Nashville Ballet, Vasterling presented the twin bill of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Richard Danielpour’s “Layla and the Majnun” April 22-24 in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall.