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Nashville Ballet presents Live in Studio A

by Cass Teague
Maia Montgomery

“Live in Studio A” is an immersive dance experience featuring live music by international violin sensation Yvette Kraft. Experience it at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, located at 3630 Redmon Street, November 4 through 13, 2022. Free parking and complimentary beer, wine, and signature cocktails are included for all (adult) ticketholders.

This captivating selection of world-class performances will feature Balanchine’s quintessential masterpiece “The Four Temperaments,” the highly-anticipated return of Paul Vasterling’s “Seasons” set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi brilliantly recomposed by Max Richter, plus the world-premiere of “Four Loves” by Associate Artistic Director Nick Mullikin.

See your Nashville Ballet up-close at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet in an intimate and immersive dance experience hosted right in their studios. Featuring live music performed by international violin sensation Yvette Kraft and chamber ensemble conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor Ming Luke, this all-inclusive performance opportunity is not to be missed.

Nashville Ballet owns its own building, The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, a customized facility that serves as a home for their professional dancers, school students and administrative offices. Although some performances are held at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, most performances are held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in downtown Nashville.

“The Four Temperaments” features choreography by George Balanchine and music by Paul Hindemith; “Four Loves,” a World Premiere, features choreography by Nick Mullikin, music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gabriel Fauré, and George Frideric Handel and guest artist Yvette Kraft, violin; “Seasons” features choreography by Paul Vasterling, music by Antonio Vivaldi (based on “The Four Seasons,” recomposed by Max Richter) with guest artist Yvette Kraft, violin.

Raquel Smith

Performances are on Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 5, at 7 p.m.;  Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m.; Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 12, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. Artists, performances, and dates are subject to change; tickets are non-refundable.

Since its founding in 1986, Nashville Ballet has grown to become the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee, presenting a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Two of the Nashville Ballet Company’s Apprentices this season are Maia Montgomery and Raquel Smith.

With Nashville Ballet since 2022, originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Maia Montgomery began her formal dance training at age 11. In 2019, Montgomery joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate School. During her three years there, she performed roles in “Giselle,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Swan Lake.” Maia collaborates on various photography projects and is pursuing a degree in Journalism. When she’s not in the studio, she enjoys painting, reading, and writing.

With Nashville Ballet since 2021, originally from Los Angeles, California, Raquel Smith began her training at age six. As a young dancer in LA, Raquel worked with Debbie Allen, performing in her prestigious show “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Smith continued training on a three-year scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School. In 2019 she joined Richmond Ballet II. In 2021, she joined Nashville Ballet as a company apprentice. When she’s not in the studio, Raquel loves to write.

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