By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- Ballet will be both classical and modern during a concert later this month in Vero Beach.
Vero Classical Ballet will present, "An Evening at the Ballet," at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.
This year's concert will feature excerpts from a ballet in development titled 'Music Box," which includes a new ballet score and libretto created specifically for the Vero Classical Ballet, said Barry Trammell, director of the ballet company.
"Music Box" will include original choreography by Mr. Trammell and his wife, co-director, Amy, and will highlight the graceful lines of traditional ballet, a press release said.
"It really is quite a unique thing to have a new ballet, because it's pretty rare that someone would compose a score just for ballet," Mr. Trammell said.
Ron Kramer, formerly of the 1980s rock band, Shanghai, saw Vero Classical Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" not long ago, and was inspired to create a new ballet, Mr. Trammell said.
The libretto, or storyline, is about a young girl who receives a magical music box from her father and is whisked into another world. The music in the ballet is full of beautiful melodies, rhythmic complexity and includes a full range of orchestral instruments.
"It's a classical music sound, maybe with a little bit of movie score and Broadway in it. It's really neat," Mr. Trammell said. "A music video with some of the score has already been published online using YouTube".
"The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" are the major ballets that most people recognize, and they were all written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
"Other high level composers have never seemed interested in writing for ballet, possibly because it takes a long time and the financial return isn't as great as other works, or it could be they didn't want their work to be essentially background music," he said. "But Tchaikovsky, he was a genius, and he loved the ballet and didn't think it would take away from the music."
"Evening at the Ballet" will include performances by 35 ballet students ages 3 to adult in a variety of musical pieces, not just "Music Box."
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
For more information about Vero Classical Ballet, call (772) 360-8577 or visit www.veroclassicalballet.com.
To view the video preview of "Music Box," visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPu7b52BHDI