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Pennsylvania Ballet: Carrying Tradition Forward

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Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancers Julie Diana and Zachary Hench in AFTER THE RAIN

Pennsylvania Ballet, this week, performs the penultimate program of its 50th-anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season reflects a philosophy that encourages innovation while building on tradition and the specific talents of the company.

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Listen to back to a longer interview at the start of the 50th Anniversary year, when Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser talked about his programming philosophy with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Pennsylvania Ballet performs a program called Director's Choice - Thursday, May 8th through Sunday afternoon, May 11th at the Academy of Music.  It features The Accidental, which is a world premiere by choreographer Trey McIntyre, as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and Robert Weiss’ ballet Greig: Piano Concerto.

As senior producer of arts and culture, Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series, to which she also contributes weekly intermission interviews. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.