Ballet Connoisseurship: Scotch Symphony

Ballet Connoisseurship is returning this spring 2023! Experience intimate deep-dives into iconic ballets, led by stars of dance. Learn about the history, creation, music, and other behind-the-scenes details of Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, which is part of the New York City Ballet 2022-2023 performance season. Each session is $50 and light refreshments and wine will be served before and after the event. You can direct any inquiries to

Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

with Katrina Killian and Sterling Hyltin
featuring live demonstrations by students of the School of American Ballet

Scotch Symphony is Balanchine’s homage to the grandeur and freshness of the Scottish highlands, set to Mendelssohn’s early romantic symphony inspired by the composer’s 1829 visit to Scotland. The ballet, featuring brisk footwork and a wistfully romantic pas de deux, held a significant role in Katrina Killian’s career at New York City Ballet. Recently retired New York City Ballet principal dancer Sterling Hyltin will join her in conversation, having performed the ballet several times over her career. SAB students will demonstrate some of the ballet’s most iconic sections to bring Killian’s and Hyltin’s discussion points to life.

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