While folks are resting up awaiting the start of NYCB's Winter Season, they may want to take in the upcoming NY Phil concerts that will feature Pinchas Zukerman in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. This is a glorious piece of music that Clark Tippet used for his 1987 ballet for ABT by the same name. Baryshnikov recognized that the complicated Tippet was a choreographic find and gave him several opportunities to develop. Unfortunately, ABT's current management has little interest in Tippet's work.This would have been the perfect year for ABT to present Tippet's Bruch at the Met. It features four couples in separate movements and a large corps with a stunning finale. Everyone is in beautiful tutus. The ballet would have been a much better choice for 2013 than Symphony in C which NYCB has performed this past year and continues to perform this year with unparalleled excellence.
All that aside, the NY Phil is presenting a spendid program next week with Zukerman playing the violin. Pinky and Haglund go way, way, way back to when Pinky was the director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Haglund was a Sunday afternoon subscriber in the $5 side gallery seats. It seems these days that the SPCO and its management are at an impasse over the next contract, and some of the SPCO season has already been cancelled. Federal mediators are trying to work things out which is good to hear.
Oh, there are $29 tickets. The second part of the program is Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 – another snappy tune that will make your feet want to rhythmically kick the seat in front of them.