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New York State Ballet dances Mozart

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The New York State Ballet will perform "Mozart: Requiem and The Marriage of Figaro" this Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., at The Lyric Theatre in Rochester.

The Ballet will be joined by the Rochester Oratorio Society and a live orchestra under the direction of Jared Chase, Conductor.

Robert Royce, the Ballet Master and choreographer for "The Marriage of Figaro," and Sarah Rothrock-Rickel, the Assistant Artistic Director and choreographer for "Requiem," discussed the performance Monday during News 8 at Noon.

"It's a fun, energetic, whimsical look at Mozart's work," said Royce of "The Marriage of Figaro," which will be performed first during the evening. "He had such a quick wit to him when he wrote this piece. It's all about love and who wants to be with who, and it's just this fun approach to opera.  We have these wonderful singers that will be working with us. We have six soloists who will be playing the parts of Susanna and Figaro and the Count and the Countess, and Cherubino. And just to see how they interact and to have the dancers be able to represent this light and joyous ballet, it's really fun. It's just been a blast to work on."

"Requiem," by comparison, is a more serious piece. "It is the Requiem Mass," said Rothrock-Rickel of the second half of the performance. "A Requiem Mass is a funeral mass, and many have been written. We're doing Mozart's 'Requiem.' It's a very big piece of music, very powerful, very emotional, and it's also the last piece of music Mozart ever wrote. He fell ill while writing the 'Requiem' and he passed away before it was completed, so his wife Constanze turned the manuscripts over to one his students to complete the 'Requiem.' So for me choreographically, it's not just the music of the 'Requiem,' which is this big powerful piece, it is also the story of Mozart. So he is composing during this illness this 'Requiem.' So we're both dancing the story of Mozart and the music of the 'Requiem,' and in the end his music lifts him up into the heavens."

For tickets call 1-800-838-3006 or click here.


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