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Nashville Ballet to Debut New Collaboration with Ben Folds & Nashville Symphony in May

Nashville Ballet to Debut New Collaboration with Ben Folds & Nashville Symphony in May

Nashville Ballet combines two 20th century masterpieces - Serenade and Petite Mort - with a world premiere from multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony to create The Ben Folds Project, May 2-4 at TPAC's Jackson Hall. Folds debuted the music from his piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony March 13-15, but will combine it with original choreography from Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling in this world premiere. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at www.NashvilleBallet.com.

"This entire project is about collaboration and displaying the talents of Music City," Vasterling said. "Through this partnership, we're able to highlight the city's depth and breadth of local artistic talent - Nashville Ballet dancers, the Nashville Symphony musicians and Ben Folds. This new co-commission combined with two ballet masterworks is a true showcase of what Nashville has to offer."

The evening begins with Serenade, the essence of neo-classical ballet by renowned choreographer George Balanchine set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky's classic score. Serenade highlights the female dancer and celebrates the beauty, strength and grace of the female form, showcasing the depth of female talent across Nashville Ballet's main company and second company dancers.


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