Cristian Macelaru takes a bow with the cast of the “Firebird: Reimagined” production in the July 20th concert at the Mann Center (Photo credit: The Philadelphia Orchestra)
On Wednesday July 20th, Cristian Macelaru, in his role as Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, led the Philadelphians in the North American premiere of a multidisciplinary interpretation of Stravinsky’s orchestral score for the 1910 ballet at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Firebird: Reimagined links South African and Russian traditions and integrates music, literature and the disciplines of dance, movement and puppetry. This performance featured the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Macelaru, plus Grammy award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo and larger-than-life puppets inspired by the artistry of the Broadway sensation War Horse and created by Janni Younge of South Africa’s renowned Handspring Puppet Company. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of the complete score for Firebird was accompanied by a new interpretation of the original Ballets Russes staging with Younge’s puppets, performed by expert puppeteers and dancers.
Macelaru leads the next performance of Firebird: Reimagined at Washington, D.C.’s Wolf Trap with the National Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, July 23rd.