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‘Cinderella’ ballet with orchestra coming to Teatro Degollado stage

In what promises to be an enjoyable prelude to its regular season beginning in October, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) will play for three performances by the illustrious Ballet de Jalisco in Russian pianist and composer Sergei Prokofiev’s popular ballet “Cinderella” (“Cenicienta” in Spanish). 

The performances are coming up soon: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 22 (8 p.m.), 23 (7 p.m.) and 24 (12:30 p.m.), at Guadalajara’s Teatro Degollado, where the box office reports at this writing that tickets are still available for the collaboration between the OFJ and Ballet, which usually get sold out.

The melodious, nearly two-hour work by Prokofiev may surprise people familiar with his earlier “ferociously dissonant” piano concertos. But the melodies in “Cinderella” are nevertheless said to be a little unexpected and unstable to perfectly express Cinderella’s uncertain relationship with the prince. The work, first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, is scored for a large orchestra.

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