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Welcome to City Ballet The Podcast, an exploration of New York City Ballet where we'll journey through our history, delve into our new and existing repertory, and reveal insider tidbits. Each season of City Ballet The Podcast features episodes that span three topics: New Combinations hosted by Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Hear the Dance hosted by dance educator and former NYCB dancer Silas Farley, and See the Music hosted by Music Director Andrew Litton.
 
Williams spent his life as a doctor practicing pediatric medicine in northern New Jersey, a few miles west of New York City. During the work day, between seeing patients, he often dashed off poems on the backs of blank prescription pads that he kept in his pocket. This particular poem was written in just such a spontaneous way, after seeing the Russian Ballet perform in Manhattan. Each of the 16 readers in this collection took the challenge to make the same kind of leap – reading it spontane ...
 
Thoughtful Conversations with Badass Women follows the curiosities of Host Erin Roy in heart-to-heart conversations with Olympian Hannah Hardaway, New York City Ballet Principal Sterling Hyltin, Singer/Songwriter Lizdelise, Dancer Michaela Ellingson, Dancer/Choreographer Jasmine Hearn, Actress/Humanitarian Alice Callahan, Actress/Writer/Director Winsome Brown, and Dancer/Choreographer Lisa Race. Episodes feature individual soundscapes designed by Lizdelise. Listeners are treated to a free do ...
 
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Host Silas Farley delves deep into the creation of Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces in part two of this new Hear the Dance episode. Former NYCB Principal Dancers and husband and wife duo Maria Calegari and Bart Cook share intimate details about the second movement pas de deux, the development of which marked the beginning of their relationship; Corps d…
 
Just like the Company itself, City Ballet The Podcast is back, with a brand new Hear the Dance episode on Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces. Returning host Silas Farley is joined by former Principal Dancers and original cast members Helene Alexopoulos, Maria Calegari, and Bart Cook, and current Corps de Ballet Member Gretchen Smith, for a conversation a…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to legendary trombone instructor and former International Trombone Festival Director, Jon Bohls, about his life lessons from over 50(!) years of teaching, the ups and downs running the ITF and the more important lessons we should be teaching young people. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @b…
 
For their first interview live in front of an audience at the International Trombone Festival, Nick and Sebastian talk to Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic about his life and career, how he views pressure in his position and the poster Sebastian had of him on his wall growing up. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (i…
 
Nick finally interviews his co-host, Sebastian Vera, principal trombonist of the Pittsburgh Opera and River City Brass Band about how they became friends, an almost catastrophic hot tub experience and the importance of failing. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced and edited by Se…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, principal trombonist of the Seattle Symphony about his path from Japan to the United States, the importance of talking to people when times are hard and a very important proposal from Sebastian. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced an…
 
For this season’s final episode, Artistic Director Jonathon Stafford and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan sat down to reflect on the concluding Digital Season, and to look forward to our return to the stage this fall. From the technical challenges of curating footage to the emotional heights of revisiting these performances, this unpreceden…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Colin Williams, associate principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, about facing an almost career ending injury, finding joy with career and family and what it's like playing in a section with both of his teachers. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Pr…
 
With just days to go before the world premiere of his newest work for the Company, Resident Choreographer Justin Peck joins host and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan for the latest episode of New Combinations. Beginning with his early years as a tap dancer and his invitation to enroll at the School of American Ballet by lasting mentor Peter…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Italian trombone soloist Peter Steiner about transitioning from an orchestral career to a solo career, finding balance in social media and his secret chipotle audition hack. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced and edited by Sebastian Vera Music: Firehor…
 
This season of City Ballet The Podcast continues with a fresh edition of New Combinations. Host and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan is joined by choreographer Kyle Abraham in the lead up to the premiere of his latest work for NYCB, When We Fell, a dance film choreographed on eight NYCB dancers during a COVID-compliant residency. Abraham de…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Brad Edwards, professor of trombone at Arizona State University about choosing to be grateful, how composing his lip slur book got him in the best shape of his life, and allowing students to teach themselves. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced and edit…
 
Host Silas Farley and guest Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s discussion of the 1972 Stravinsky Festival continues in this second part of a special Hear the Dance episode dedicated to Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Bonnefoux recalls the excitement of performing in the premiere of this seminal neoclassical work in the same week as a revival of Balan…
 
Hear the Dance host and former NYCB dancer Silas Farley is back for the newest two-part episode of City Ballet The Podcast. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux for a lively discussion of Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpiece, Stravinsky Violin Concerto. In this first half of their conversation, Bonnefoux describes join…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Randy Hawes, former bass trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra about looking back on his career in Detroit, his unexpected favorite composer and his smooth dating wisdom for trombonists. Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced and edited by Sebastian…
 
NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton hosts a new See the Music edition of City Ballet The Podcast, exploring the score to Balanchine’s ode to classical dance, Theme and Variations. Set to the final, eponymous movement of Tschaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, the ballet, as Litton describes, corresponds to the many shifts in tone, pace, and featured i…
 
The second part of our Hear the Dance exploration of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son continues, with host Silas Farley and former NYCB Principal Dancer Edward Villella looking back on Villella’s legendary career. They discuss Balanchine’s recreation of Apollo on the young dancer; the Company’s momentous tour of the Soviet Union; and the importance of Sch…
 
The latest season of City Ballet The Podcast begins with this special two-part Hear the Dance celebration of George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. Host Silas Farley is joined by former NYCB Principal Dancer and founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet Edward Villella, on whom Balanchine revived the role of the Prodigal Son in 1960. Villella desc…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Vanessa Fralick, associate principal trombonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra about finding unexpected inspiration during the pandemic, hyper-specific goalsetting, and if Canadians are actually really that nice. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (i…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Marques Young, composer, bandleader and principal trombonist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra about how he went from Arkansas to the other side of the world, following his passions for both classical and jazz, and experiencing haunted practice sessions. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (insta…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Lars Karlin, principal trombonist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra about running in your own lane, connecting to who you are as a musician after tragedy, and if Scandinavians can hold their alcohol better than Germans. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @sebastianvera (twitter) an…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Brian Hecht, bass trombonist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra about being honest with yourself, surviving boot camp and what friends not to crash with before an audition. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @sebastianvera (twitter) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced …
 
City Ballet the Podcast is back for a special edition of See the Music. Music Director Andrew Litton hosts a tour through the musical delights of the Tschaikovsky score to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, from the ballet’s ignominious beginnings to the composer’s felicitous discovery of the celesta—the renowned accompaniment to the Sugarplum Fa…
 
For this special holiday episode Nick and Sebastian talk to the one and only Angel Subero, professor of trombone at the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music about being summoned by John Williams, his favorite warmup on a hangover and why he loves Christmas so much. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @seb…
 
Sebastian interviews his co-host Nick Schwartz, principal bass trombonist of the New York City Ballet for the first time about recording video game soundtracks at Skywalker Ranch, crossing the border to Juarez on a daily basis as a kid, and finding out the worst news of his life minutes before having to play the Ring at the Met. Hosted by Sebastian…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Demian Austin, principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra about operas he loves and hates, taking the unrecommended path to winning a major audition and his ongoing fight with male pattern baldness. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @sebastianvera (twitter) and Nick Schwartz…
 
For this bonus episode Nick and Sebastian join the "Isn't That Something" podcast hosted by Ralph Crewe for a deep dive on the trombone and mouthpiece duets. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @sebastianvera (twitter) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) with special guest Ralph Crewe. Produced and edite…
 
In this podcast Russell Maliphant, the critically acclaimed, award winning choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Russell Maliphant Dance Company, discusses his career and work that firmly places this artist as one of Britain’s most important choreographers creating work today. Next year, Russell Maliphant Dance Company is set to celebrate …
 
English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet former Artistic Director, former Royal Ballet Senior Principal Dancer and world renowned choreographer Wayne Eagling, talks to The Wonderful World of Dance about his dance career, training with Dame Ninette de Valois, working with Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton, life at the famous Ro…
 
City Ballet The Podcast’s season finale has arrived with a fresh New Combinations episode, just in time for NYCB’s first ever digital New Works Festival. In the lead up to the Festival’s premiere, host Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan is joined by Sidra Bell, choreographer of the opening night work, and her father Dennis, who composed the c…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to David Binder, second trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra about audition preparation, banjo-pickin', and why Northwestern trombonists are so handsome. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @sebastianvera (twitter) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced and edited by…
 
Viviana Durante is an international ballet star and former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala and K-Ballet. Hailed as one of the most dramatic dancers of her time, Viviana has forged an esteemed career as an Artistic Director, Producer, Coach, Judge and Author. In this podcast, Viviana talks about training at …
 
Host Silas Farley is back with another Hear the Dance episode, devoted to the creation of George Balanchine’s tale of toy romance, The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancers Patricia McBride and Peter Schaufuss, on whom the ballet was created. The Steadfast Tin Soldier was the first ballet Balanchine made on Schaufuss, …
 
Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet Principal is not only a famous ballerina in the US, she has become a global household name following her uber successful live ballet classes #turnoutwithtiler, launched during the covid pandemic. In this podcast, Tiler gives an insight into her inspiration for starting the online classes and the incredible feedback …
 
This week’s edition of City Ballet The Podcast is the premiere broadcast of a live See the Music presentation on the score to Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, recorded on the NYCB stage in 2019. Host and Resident Conductor Clotilde Otrantro walks us through the innovations and themes of Brahms’ original chamber music score, and indicates som…
 
Hofesh Shechter is an award winning, critically acclaimed choreographer, composer and artistic director of the ground-breaking and mind-blowing Hofesh Shechter Company. The renowned contemporary dance company presents work that is deeply visceral with performances that are spellbindingly raw, often raging, completely unexpected and a full assault o…
 
American Ballet Theatre Soloist, Gabe Stone Shayer talks in this podcast about his journey from Philadelphia to becoming the first African-American male graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the first in the 250 year history of this prestigious school. Gabe shares his experience of dancing and living in Moscow, touring with the Bolshoi Ballet and…
 
Nick and Sebastian talk to Amanda Stewart, Associate Principal trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra about lemon pledge, popping out pedals D's and mental health as an artist. tromboneretreat.com Hosted by Sebastian Vera - @js.vera (instagram) @sebastianvera (twitter) and Nick Schwartz - @basstrombone444 (instagram) Produced and edited by …
 
In this second half of a special 2-part Hear the Dance episode celebrating the life and work of late choreographer Ulysses Dove, host Silas Farley interviews Ulysses’ brother Alfred, Director and Administrator of Ulysses’ estate. Beginning with his childhood in South Carolina and Georgia, Dove traces his brother’s transition from a talented pre-med…
 
Former NYCB dancer Silas Farley is back to host a special 2-part episode of Hear the Dance devoted to the life and work of late choreographer Ulysses Dove. Beginning with a brief overview of Dove’s career, this part focuses on Red Angels, the first of two works he choreographed on NYCB. Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Pacific Northwest Ba…
 
Akram Khan MBE is without doubt one of the most innovative and important choreographers of our time. He has created some of the most profound and moving works over the last 20 years of Akram Khan Company, a company he founded with Farooq Chaudry. In this podcast, Akram talks about his experience of lockdown that led to feelings of depression, cause…
 
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