Paul McCartney Is Composing A New Work For NYCB
Posted 23 February 2011 - 11:41 AM
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:45 PM
I agree for the most part, however during the last NYCB season I saw Magic Flute for the first time and found it entertaining.
Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:15 PM
Posted 25 February 2011 - 04:59 AM
The following strikes me as less than enthusiastic:
I realize that no one here has actually heard the music, or read the libretto, but -- given McCartney's other work outside the realm of pop songs -- what are you anticipating?
Posted 25 February 2011 - 11:35 AM
A few weeks ago, I took a friend to NYCB who had never been to any ballet. I thought it was a great program for a beginner -- Divertimento No. 15, Magic flute and the Stroman. She liked everything but her very favorite was the Stroman and because of the Stroman, asked if she could join me again. I doubt she'll become a lifelong fan but you never know.
And here's hoping that the past few weeks Swan Lake sellouts create some new ballet-goers. You may not like this version but someone at NYCB was thinking ahead when they timed the run with the release of Black Swan. I bet there will be more than few converts as a result. Say what you about the production, people's taste evolve. It is the idea of ballet as enjoyable that needs to germinate with audiences at first.
Posted 25 February 2011 - 11:42 AM
McCartney has always been interested in the arts outside his own speciality and as far back as his earliest years of fame he could reasonably be described as a culture vulture, always out with Jane Asher at the theater and other events during his man-about-town period, dabbling in experimental music and film, funding an art gallery, etc., etc. He also composed a film score during that time. McCartney's father in law, Lee Eastman, was de Kooning's attorney and Paul and Linda were good friends of the painter.
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