Pennsylvania Ballet Presents a Tribute to West Side Story Choreographer, Jerome Robbins

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Jerome Robbins’ The Concert
Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

Pennsylvania Ballet celebrates the versatility and genius of famed American choreographer, Jerome Robbins, with A Tribute to Jerome Robbins that includes the company premiere of In G Major, and performances of The Concert and Fancy Free on the Academy of Music stage, May 7-10, sponsored by Cigna.

“Aside from his better-known Broadway successes, Robbins was truly a renowned ballet choreographer,” said Artistic Director Angel Corella. “He had the amazing ability to epitomize life through lyrical and spontaneous looking movement. I am thrilled we are presenting this wonderful tribute.”

World famous for his work on blockbusters like West Side Story and The King and I, Robbins also created superb ballets that exude the same panache and flair. The entire family can celebrate Mother’s Day as they enjoy the energetic and hilarious works that anchor this performance.

Whimsical and serene, the Company premiere of In G Major features an exquisite pas de deux set to Maurice Ravel’s well-known Piano Concerto in G Major. The ballet consists of a lead couple and 12 men and women running and jumping around playfully in chic bathing wear in an aquatic-inspired setting. Jerome Robbins originally created it for New York City Ballet’s Ravel Festival in 1975.

Fancy Free is a playful piece that features the dynamic story of three sailors on leave from World War II who are courting two beautiful girls on a hot summer night in New York City. The ballet was first presented by Ballet Theatre, the predecessor to American Ballet Theatre, in 1944 and was Robbins’ first collaboration with Leonard Bernstein. A year later, the two joined forces again to expand Fancy Free into the hit Broadway musical, On the Town. The team then transformed that show into the movie of the same name, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

The Concert is a riotous masterpiece created in 1956, which follows the actions and straying thoughts of audience members gathered to hear a Chopin piano concert. The humorous story portrays the interactions of a wide-eyed music fan, a pair of teenage gum chewers, a bored husband, his stern wife and an angry lady who just wants to hear the music. The production will delight audiences with its clever and witty take on classical music performances. Solo Pianist Martha Koeneman will also get involved in the on-stage action, performing the Chopin score accompanied by haughty gestures and funny antics.

The performances at the Academy of Music run:

  • Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, May 8 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 9 at 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 9 at 8:00pm
  • Sunday, May 10 at 2:00pm

Tickets are available online at or by phone at 215.893.1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

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