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School of Dance presents first Student Gala

School of Dance presents first Student Gala

North Carolina Dance Theatre dancer David Morse is a triple threat, but his second and third talents aren’t singing and acting.

The dancer, pianist and choreographer will present his ballet “Concerto Grosso” in the Chautauqua School of Dance’s Student Gala at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.

It will be his first ballet performed at Chautauqua.

Morse, who grew up dancing at NCDT’s school in Charlotte, N.C., started dancing when he was five.

NCDT brings City of Light to Amphitheater in grand style

NCDT brings City of Light to Amphitheater in grand style

A sense of joie de vivre permeated the Amphitheater Tuesday night as the North Carolina Dance Theatre and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Grant Cooper, presented two very different perspectives on Paris — one from an American point of view, the other from a native son.

Mark Diamond’s An American in Paris concluded the evening in grand style, taking advantage of both George Gershwin’s innovative score and Gene Kelly’s cinematic interpretation of a vibrant Parisian life.

It was amazing that NCDT accomplished so much once more on a bare-bones budget. Without scenery or even background projections depicting the City of Light, Diamond succeeded in capturing the spirit of the piece, now so familiar and showing no signs of waning in popularity.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with Cooper and Figlin, works to establish rapport with NCDT

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with Cooper and Figlin, works to establish rapport with NCDT

For the second and final time this season, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the North Carolina Dance Theatre in residence will bring ballet to the Amphitheater stage at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Guest conductor Grant Cooper and pianist Arkadiy Figlin will join the CSO for an evening of well-known, rhythmically driving works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johann Strauss Jr. and Beethoven.