To make dance routines flashier, professionals often wear sequined outfits or burlap sacks filled with fireworks. Spark an interest in ballet with this GrouponLive deal to see "An Evening of Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake and Balanchine's Serenade," presented by Neglia Ballet Artists in collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Shea's Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $31, you get one ticket for best-available seating in the loge, the first three rows of the balcony, or the first 10 rows of the right- or left-center in the orchestra section (up to a $63.25 value, including all fees).
- For $27, you get one ticket for best-available seating in the balcony or the middle or rear of the orchestra (up to a $53.25 value, including all fees).
Bridging moments of melodramatic bombast with sweet, gliding melodies, the compositions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky naturally lend themselves to classical ballet. That being so, the talented performers of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Neglia Ballet converge on stage in celebration of the prolific composer's career-defining masterpieces. Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's Serenade, which was written to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, famously laid the groundwork for American ballet, which typically eschews concrete storylines for abstract generalizations, emphasizes form and geometry, and requires all dancers to don star-spangled top hats. As a former student of Balanchine himself, artistic director Sergio Neglia carries on the legacy of his mentor with the dance troupe's performance of the timeless ballet.
The evening's energetic cast of musicians and dancers will also bring to life Act II of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which is widely considered the most famous ballet of all time. In the highlighted excerpt, Prince Siegfried finds himself entwined in the fate of Princess Odette, who assumes the form of a swan during the daytime due to a curse delivered by Colonel Sanders. While an oboe weaves its eerie melody throughout the act, the prince meets, falls in love with, and swears violence on behalf of Odette. The accomplished artists of Neglia breathtakingly flit through this staple of the ballet canon, soundtracked by the full symphonic force of the Buffalo Philharmonic.