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Frederico Cortese

New England String
Ensemble music director
Federico Cortese

Frederico Cortese

The Ballets Russes at 100
Music by Russian Composers

New England String Ensemble

New England Conservatory, Boston
Saturday, April 4, 2009

7:15 pm Pre-Concert Conversation, Keller Room
8:00 pm Concert, Jordan Hall

Purchase tickets directly from Ballets Russes 2009, sponsor of this event. To obtain the best seats in the house use the online payment system or pay by mail. Please see details below.


Nikolai Tcherepnin  String Quartet in A minor, Op. 11
Arranged for string orchestra         
Igor Stravinsky           Apollon Musagète
Anton Arensky           Variations on a Theme by Tchai-
kovsky Op. 35a, for string orchestra  
Petr Tchaikovsky       Serenade for Strings
in C major, Op. 48                          

   On Saturday April 4th 2009, the New England String Ensemble will perform an exciting concert of Russian music related to the Ballets Russes as part of the pre-festival activities of Ballets Russes 2009. This performance features the string compositions of four Russian composers closely linked with the Ballets Russes. Nikolai Tcherepnin, composer of the very first ballet performed by the Ballets Russes in Paris, and their first conductor, is represented by a string quartet. This is followed by a masterpiece by Igor Stravinsky, the quintessential and most prolific composer of the Ballets Russes, Apollon Musagète. Composed specifically for the troupe and famously choreographed by Georges Balanchine, this ballet premiered near the end of the troupe's existence and represents the pinnacle of neoclassicism, and a revolutionary return to aesthetic sources. There is a serenade by Tchaikovsky, whose masterpieces Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake were brought by Serge Diaghilev to Europe in staged form for the first time. Finally, Arensky, who like Tchaikovsky never composed for the Ballets Russes, but whose music was appropriated by them, also figures on the program, with Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky.

About the Ensemble

   The New England String Ensemble (NESE) was founded in 1994 to champion strings in performance and education. The mission of NESE is to engage, educate, and inspire with passionate string orchestra performances and innovative community programs.

   Music Director Federico Cortese leads this world-class string orchestra, which performs rich and intellectually engaging new and known works. Its educational programs focuse on creating lasting relationships with young composers and performers who promise to be tomorrow's concert artists, audiences and composers.


   Ticket for the performance may be purchased electronically or by mail. In either case please consult the Jordan Hall Seating Plan below and indicate your seating preferences. We will distribute the best seats in each section on a first-come, first served basis, but we need to know your preference regarding the proximity to the stage or a central view.

New England Conservatory Jordan Hall Seating Plan

Color key:
Pink & Brown = Ticket level A = $47
Green               = Ticket level B = $37
Blue                  = Ticket level C = $27

$17 student and $10 academic faculty discount. Please bring ID with you to concert. Only one discounted ticket per ID, please. Sorry, no senior discount.

Tickets also will be available for purchase at the door before the concert.
Jordan Hall

Buying Tickets Electronically
   You can purchase online using Google Checkout or Paypal. Please email to indicate your seating preferences. To buy multiple tickets, simply add the number of tickets desired to the cart before paying. You can also e-mail at the same address to enquire about seat availability. Tickets purchased up to a week before the concert will be sent to you. Tickets purchased less than a week before the concert will be put on hold at the Jordan Hall Box Office under the purchaser's name.

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Buying Tickets by Mail
   To purchase by mail, please send us a note explaining how many of each ticket type you want and a check for the corresponding purchase price made payable to Ballets Russes 2009. Please indicate your seating preferences. You can e-mail to enquire about seat availability. Tickets purchased up to a week before the concert will be sent to you. Tickets purchased less than a week before the concert will be put on hold at the Jordan Hall Box Office under your the purchaser's name. Please send your check and ticket request to:
     Ballets Russes 2009
     Boston University
     College of Communications
     640 Commonwealth Avenue
     Boston MA 02215