Nashville Ballet's spring fling is a multi-textured affair, where live musical performance promises to rival the dancing for center stage. The opening piece, The Golden Cage, explores the social status of women in the 19th century. It features the music of Beethoven, performed by violinist Christian Teal and pianist Craig Nies, both affiliated with Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. The main event, Carmina Burana, offers an even more impressive convergence of local musical forces as German composer Carl Orff's popular score, based on Latin verses written by Bavarian monks, is performed by the Nashville Symphony, the 200-voice Belmont Oratorio Chorus, the Nashville Children's Choir and vocalists Julie Cox, Brad Diamond and Mark Whatley. Orff's expansive musical scope inspires choreography that showcases the strength and versatility of artistic director Paul Vasterling's energetic company.
Fri., April 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 26, 2 p.m., 2009