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A few years ago, the Colorado Symphony added a series of programs in which they concentrate on a single musical work. These programs contain a 45 minute to 1 hour lecture and demonstration on the history and interesting musical components of the work, followed after the intermission by a performance of the piece. Tonight, the subject was Stravinsky's Pertrouchka. The lecture was full of interesting tidbits, such as that one of Diaghilev's motivations for the project was to keep Stravinsky and Alexandre Benois from collaborating on a ballet independent of Ballet Russes.

The highlight of the performance: 3 current and 1 former dancer from the Colorado Ballet danced the roles of the 4 principal characters. There is little crossover between the audiences for the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Ballet, so I think that many in the audience were delightfully surprised that there actually are high quality dancers in Denver.

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