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Rhapsody in Blue

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 23 2017

Funny, I'd never thought of the solo clarinet's chromatic arc at the start of Rhapsody in Blue as a yawn before. But in Zalman Raffael's 2013 ballet adaptation, the lead ballerina illustrated the famous beginning of George Gershwin's suite with a bird-like flutter of elbows from the floor, followed by what appeared to be a long, luxurious morning stretch. At first, jazz and ballet may seem an odd mix, but Gershwin's strict classical structure complements the crispness of Raffael's vision. After placing it on students at East Carolina University last year, Carolina Ballet's choreographer-in-residence has reimagined the work—and resized it for Progress Energy Center's largest stage. —Byron Woods 

Price: $31-$84

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