Review: Intimacy, humor and beauty converge in Nashville Ballet’s Emergence

From ArtsNash

The Nashville Ballet presented Emergence: three new works for dance, accompanied by chamber music composed by Paul Moravec. This series is one of the best things that has come out of the ballet since it moved into the Martin Center….The program … consists of three works, each composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, including his Amorisms, a new work co-commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, Alias Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble.

Conductor Shreyas Patel led the Alias Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble in James Gregg’s choreography for “In Waiting,” set to Moravec’s Sacred Love Songs.

Alias followed with a performance of Bouldin’s “Agora,” set to Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy. I can see why this won the Pulitzer. The music is straightforward, neo-romantic, with some ingenious pairings of sub-tone clarinet with strings.

Portara joined Alias again at the end to perform Gina Patterson’s “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you,” set to Moravec’s Amorisms.

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