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Welcome to City Ballet The Podcast, an exploration of New York City Ballet introduced by Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, where we'll journey through our history, delve into our new and existing repertory, and reveal insider tidbits.

The Rosin Box with Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz

The Rosin Box gives you the opportunity to listen in on candid conversations with members of the New York City Ballet. Hosted by NYCB Soloist Aarón Sanz and recently retired Soloist Claire Kretzschmar, these episodes take you behind-the-scenes, offering you exclusive insight into the lives of the Company’s dancers.

New Combinations with Wendy Whelan

During our performance season, New York City Ballet showcases recent works from some of the most influential choreographers working today. Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan hosts the New Combinations episodes, where she talks to the choreographers and other artists behind the unique new works premiering this season at New York City Ballet.

Hear the Dance 

Explore our expansive repertory, from the earliest Balanchine works to more recent classics, with an insider’s take on the Company’s rich history with Hear the Dance. Taking on a new ballet each episode, the host is joined by many key players, from original cast members to ballet masters to current NYCB dancers, who share their personal experiences performing and coaching works from our illustrious repertory.

See the Music with Andrew Litton

In See the Music, New York City Ballet’s Music Director Andrew Litton takes us off the stage and into the orchestra pit, giving listeners an in-depth look at the scores from some of our most notable ballets, featuring discussions with both orchestra members and commissioned composers.

Jan 29, 2024

Silas Farley is back with another deep dive into the Company's repertory in this week's Hear the Dance episode, devoted to George Balanchine's Liebeslieder Walzer. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancers Bart Cook and Maria Calegari, who share their memories of watching the ballet's iconic interpreters in its initial incarnations; learning individual parts within the challenging but "sublime" work; and coaching Liebeslieder in its entirety. As they describe, the ballet was like a "gift from Europe," for which many dancers have needed to learn the waltz anew—in the countless three-quarter versions Balanchine devised. (57:03)

Written by Silas Farley
Edited by Emilie Silvestri

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major (1931) by Igor Stravinsky
Liebeslieder, Op. 52 (1869) by Johannes Brahms
Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 (1874) by Johannes Brahms
Waltzes for piano duet and vocal quartet, all set to poems by Friedrich Daumer, except last, by Goethe
All music performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra

Reading List:
Balanchine Then and Now Edited by Anne Hogan
Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century by Jennifer Homans
Balanchine: A Biography by Bernard Taper
George Balanchine: Ballet Master by Richard Buckle in Collaboration with John Taras
Following Balanchine by Robert Garis
More Balanchine Variations by Nancy Goldner
Johannes Brahms: A Biography by Jan Swafford
Brahms and His Poets: A Handbook by Natasha Loges
Ballerina: A Biography of Violette Verdy by Victoria Huckenpahler
Balanchine’s Ballerinas: Conversations with the Muses by Robert Tracy and Sharon DeLano
Goethe: Life as a Work of Art by Rüdiger Safranski, Translated by David Dollenmayer
Costumes by Karinska by Toni Bentley