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The classic love story of the two most famous star-crossed lovers comes to life in the timeless ballet, "Romeo and Juliet," when the Russian National Ballet Theatre takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Peabody Auditorium.
The ballet is filled with Tchaikovsky's music, dancers and costumes. The production features more than 50 dancers in Shakespeare's tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their creative freedom by starting new companies. They were dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but also wanted to revitalize the tradition as Russians began to accept developments in dance from around the world.
In 1994, Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected to be the first permanent artistic director of the company.
The evening's program begins with Frédéric Chopin's suite of piano pieces, orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov, which sets the stage for Chopiniana, a ballet of ethereal beauty.
The ballet is presented as part of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society's 61st season. Dr. Dallas Weekley will give a free pre-concert talk in the Peabody Auditorium Rose Room at 6 p.m.
Special prices for students and family discounts are available. For information, call the Daytona Beach Symphony Society at (386) 253-2901. Regular tickets range from $34-$59. There are three ways to buy tickets. Visit Peabody Auditorium Box Office, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach; call Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000; or order online at www.dbss.org.