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Tempest Fantasy

When: March 3-20 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 3–SUNDAY, MARCH 20

TEMPEST FANTASY

Paul Moravec composed his Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy after watching Patrick Stewart play Prospero in The Tempest in New York. When Carolina Ballet choreographer and artistic director Robert Weiss adapted the work in 2006, his challenge was to keep up with Moravec's daring and darting strings, piano, and clarinet, which trace the flights of Ariel, Shakespeare's famous air spirit, in the first movement. In subsequent sections leading to a tempestuous finale, Weiss visualizes the composer's portraits of the pensive Prospero, the rough-edged Caliban, and lovers Miranda and Prince Ferdinand. The program also includes two of Weiss's pas de deux, George Balanchine's Valse Fantasie, and a world premiere from choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffael: Variations and a Theme, which pays homage to Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.Byron Woods FLETCHER OPERA THEATER, RALEIGH Various times, $30–$68, www.carolinaballet.com

THURSDAY, MARCH 3–SUNDAY, MARCH 6

Price: $30-$68

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