David Mead

NYCB has announced details of its 2014-15 season, which includes five World premiere ballets: two by Justin Peck and one each by Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, and Troy Schumacher. Alongside those is the NYCB premieres of Peter Martins’ “La Sylphide”, created in 1985 for the Pennsylvania Ballet; and “Varied Trio (in four)”, made in 2013 for New York City Ballet MOVES by Jean-Pierre Frohlich. The emotional high of the year surely comes on Saturday October 18, and Wendy Whelan’s farewell performance.

The season opens on Tuesday, September 23 with a Fall gala featuring World premieres by Justin Peck (to a score by César Franck), Liam Scarlett, and NYCB corps de ballet member Troy Schumacher, who will be making his first work for the company. The music for the Schumacher ballet will be by. Judd Greenstein, the Brooklyn-based composer of contemporary classical music, who is also a co-founder of New Amsterdam Music. The evening will also include Christopher Wheeldon’s “This Bitter Earth”, and Peter Martins’ “Morgen”, which was created in 2001 and has not been performed by NYCB since 2010.

Another World premiere comes on October 2 with a new ballet by Alexei Ratmansky to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. The NYCB premiere of Frohlich’s “Varied Trio (in four)” comes on October 15.

The program for Whelan’s farewell performance with NYCB on October 18th (8pm) will be announced later.

From November 28 to January 3, the company will present its annual engagement of the holiday classic “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”

The Winter season runs January 20 to March 1 and features another World premiere by Justin Peck, the return of George Balanchine’s “Harlequinade”, Peter Martins’ full-length “Romeo + Juliet” (including an unusual Sunday evening performance on February 17), and Jerome Robbins’ “The Goldberg Variations” among others.

Peck’s new ballet opens on February 4 as part of the Company’s annual New Combinations Evening, and will be set to a score by Aaron Copland.

The Spring season opens on April 28 and runs to June 7. Highlights include the NYCB premiere of Peter Martins’ “La Sylphide” at the Spring gala on May 7; and a nine-performance festival of all-Balanchine Black and White Ballets including “Monumentum pro Gesualdo”, “Movements for Piano and Orchestra”, “Concerto Barocco”, “Episodes”, “The Four Temperaments”, “Apollo”, “Agon”, “Duo Concertant”, “Symphony in Three Movements”, “Square Dance”, “Le Tombeau de Couperin”, and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto”.

At each performance of “La Sylphide”, the company will also dance “Bournonville Divertissements”, a series of the Danish choreographer’s most popular dances, which were originally staged for New York City Ballet by the great ballet teacher Stanley Williams in 1977.

For more information and booking, visit www.nycballet.com.