New York City Ballet: American Music Festival



In the spring, New York City Ballet celebrates its affair with American music, a passion first shared by founding choreographers Balanchine and Robbins and continued by ballet master in chief Peter Martins. With 18 composers, these three weeks will be a festival of American music like no other.

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From Balanchine’s light-hearted, Americana–inspired “Western Symphony” and “Stars and Stripes” to Jerome Robbins’ ever-popular Broadway ballets “Fancy Free” and “West Side Story Suite,” the works onstage during the spring bring the American spirit to life. Contemporary music reigns in choreography by Peter Martins, who has set his works to scores by over 30 American composers, and former NYCB Principal Benjamin Millepied, who has created works with frequent collaborator Nico Muhly for American Ballet Theatre, the Dutch National Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet.

Among the American Music Festival’s seven programs, the company will present performances of all-Rodgers, all-Balanchine, all-Robbins, and, for the first time, all-Martins works. From Duke Ellington to John Adams, there’s something for all audiences to explore during this three-week tribute to American music.

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New York City Ballet

Lincoln Center Plaza

(63rd Street and Columbus Avenue)

David H. Koch Theater

New York, NY 10023

(212) 870-5570

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New York City Ballet

Founded in 1948 by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet performs in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.