One of the country’s leading dance companies visits the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head on Jan. 16.
It’s the American Ballet Theatre – or, more precisely, ABT II, with 14 young dancers (age 16–20) who are in training to become full–corps members of the main company.
The ABTII repertoire is firmly rooted in classical ballet, but also includes contemporary choreography, with several up–and–coming choreographers recruited each year to create new works specifically for ABTII.
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina program is scheduled to include “Barbara,” a piece choreographed for the ABT by Aszure Barton in 2007; the pas de deux from the second act of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and “Le Corsaire Pas de Trois”; and “Pavlovsk,” a duet based on the true story of a Russian general assassinated in 1799, choreographed by Roger VanFleteren of the Alabama Ballet.
The evening will close with “Interplay,” a work created by Jerome Robbins for the American Ballet Theatre proper in 1946.
Tickets for the performance are $54 at www.artshhi.com or by calling (843) 842–2787.
Weaving folk magic
Let’s see, you got your Led Zeppelin, Doors, Beatles, Queen and Guns N Roses tribute bands, touring the country to considerable fanfare. Who d’you think should be next on this prestigious pretenders’ list?
Why, the Weavers, of course!
Work o’the Weavers, coming to First Presbyterian Church Jan. 15, in a Savannah Folk Music Society–sponsored show, is a sound–alike, look–alike tribute to the pioneering folk music quartet that took the country by quiet storm in the 1940s and ‘50s, the band where Pete Seeger made his name and his legend.
This was a group with great social and political passion, four people who saw the need for change and felt free to speak their minds in musical terms. They also had a bunch of hits, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Goodnight Irene” and “Sloop John B.”
With grant aid from the Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs and the Southern Arts Federation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts, tickets are $8 adults, and $5 for children/students. Go to www.savannahfolk.org to learn more.
What else is there to say but Wim–o–weh!
This, that, the other
...Jazz guitar star John Pizzarelli and his quartet will play the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head Jan. 8 and 9.
The son of six–string legend Bucky Pizzarelli, he began gigging alongside his dad at the age of 20 – quite a few years ago – and has since become one of the most exciting jazz guitarists on the scene.
Pizzarelli’s also a singer; as a matter of fact, he starred on Broadway in Dream, the 1997 story of none other than Johnny Mercer. You gotta hear this guy do swing and bossa nova, and his loving tribute to Nat “King” Cole, the album Dear Mr. Cole. Pizzarelli and his wife, theater star Jessica Molaskey, co–host a syndicated weekly radio show, Radio Deluxe ...
...On New Years Evem and again on Jan. 29 and 30, the Jazz Corner has the fabulous Noel Friedline Quintet ...
... Oh, yes, I almost forgot. A very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one ... BDY