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New York City Symphony in C is the part two of a two-part special featuring four ballets by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine set to the music of French composers. The program opens with Ravel’s Sonatine. The finale of the two-part special is Balanchine’s Symphony in C, a signature work of the NYC Ballet to a score by Bizet. Both parts are hosted by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins.

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-Next on 'Great Performances,' from Paris, the New York City Ballet in two masterpieces by the great George Balanchine, both with a decidedly French flavor.

First, the rarely seen 'Sonatine,' a charming pas de deux set to the music of Maurice Ravel.

♪♪ Then, the dazzling 'Symphony in C,' set to music by Georges Bizet, sparkles with over 50 dancers covered in crystals.

♪♪ 'New York City Ballet: Symphony in C' is next.

♪♪ -Paris and New York, two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots, renewed their historic bond in the summer of 2016 with a five-month cultural exchange.

♪♪ For its part, New York City Ballet was honored to be invited to Paris for three weeks of performances at the historic Théâtre du Chtelet.

There, we showcased the full range of our repertoire with 20 different ballets, including 14 works by New York City Ballet's co-founder George Balanchine.

Hello. I'm Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of the New York City Ballet.

Tonight, we present part two of the final performance from the engagement, which featured Mr. Balanchine's choreography to the music of French composers.

The program opens with 'Sonatine,' which was first presented as the opening work of the New York City Ballet's Ravel Festival in 1975.

This early piano score by Maurice Ravel is bright, clear, and refined with a fluidity that Mr. Balanchine translated into an intricate, spellbinding pas de deux.

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Applause ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause ] -New York City Ballet's 2016 engagement in Paris marked the 10th time that the company has performed in the French capital since our founding in 1948.

Just one year prior, while serving as a guest ballet master at the Paris Opera Ballet, Mr. Balanchine choreographed a new work for the French company which he named 'Les Palais de Cristal' and set to a long-lost score by the French composer Georges Bizet.

The following year, he revived the work for the New York City Ballet's inaugural program on October 11, 1948, and changed its name to the title of Bizet's score, 'Symphony in C.'

Now a signature work of the New York City Ballet, the piece has remained a vital part of the company's repertoire for nearly 70 years.

A grand, classical masterpiece, 'Symphony in C' dazzles audiences with Bizet's glorious score and Balanchine's brilliant choreography in four movements and a spectacular finale that unites the entire cast of nearly 50 dancers, a very fitting conclusion to an historic Paris season.

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