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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.

Oct 16, 2023

This week, the two-part conversation between Hear the Dance host Silas Farley and dance historian Jennifer Homans continues. They discuss Lincoln Kirstein’s essential role as a collaborator with Balanchine, the creation of Serenade, and some of the key personal and artistic moments in the ongoing history of the New York City Ballet. Homans traces the development of the Company’s ethos through the individual dancers’ devotion to Balanchine's vision and to the art form; Balanchine’s presence, she describes, was an irresistible force. (1:31:11)

Written by Silas Farley
Edited by Gus Reed

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major (1931) by Igor Stravinsky
Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48 (1880) by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Firebird Suite for Orchestra (1945), from Firebird (1910) by Igor Stravinsky
Symphony No. 1 in C major (1855) by Georges Bizet
Orpheus (1947) by Igor Stravinsky
Accompaniment to a Film-Scene, Op.34 (1930) by Arnold Schoenberg
Agon (1953-56) by Igor Stravinsky
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, B.W.V. 1043 (1731) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Two Part Invention In A minor, B.W.V. 784 (1723) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (1893) by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

Reading List:
Balanchine: A Biography by Bernard Taper
George Balanchine: Ballet Master by Richard Buckle in Collaboration with John Taras
Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall
George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker by Robert Gottlieb
Balletmaster: A Dancer’s Vision of George Balanchine by Moira Shearer
By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader by Lincoln Kirstein, Edited by Nicholas Jenkins
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans
The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein by Martin Duberman
Split Seconds: A Remembrance by Tamara Geva
Zorina by Vera Zorina
Choura: The Memoirs of Alexandra Danilova by Alezandra Danilova
Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan
Dancing Past the Light: The Biography of Tanaquil Le Clercq by Orel Protopopescu
Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention by Charles M. Joseph
Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise by James Steichen