Once Upon A Time
Music and dance collide at Houston's Jones Hall this spring, when the Houston Symphony, its associate director Robert Franz and the budding young ballet dancers of the Kinder High School For The Performing Arts' dance department present Once Upon A Time, a magical fairy-tale filled program of works from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, amongst others.
The ensemble will dazzle the senses and whisk the audience away to otherworldly realms, evoking the Brothers Grimm classic Sleeping Beauty in the form of Tchaikovsky's sweeping ballet score. Written in 1889, its whimsical melodies and soaring harmonies punctuate the good and evil tussle between the good Lilac Fairy and the evil Carabosse, and the innocent Aurora who falls in between. Another recognisable princess tale, Prokofiev's Cinderella was completed in 1944 and became one of the composer's most popular pieces thanks to its light, vivid tonal color and delightfully witty writing.