Boston Ballet season closes with ‘Fancy Free’

Jules Becker | 5/16/2012, 8:18 a.m.
Lawrence Rines, Boston Ballet dancer. (Photo courtesy of...
Lawrence Rines, Boston Ballet dancer. Boston Ballet

Some of the music pre-figures Bernstein’s quick-tempo numbers for the famed later collaboration with Robbins, namely “West Side Story.”  

On opening night, Isaac Akiba, Paul Craig and James Whiteside danced the roles of the sailors with impressive agility and caught their diverse personalities with good expressiveness.

Bernstein fans should also head over to the Paramount Theater for “Maestro.” Hershey Felder, an accomplished pianist in his own right, combines well-played  excerpts and numerous insights about Bernstein in this thoughtful one-man homage.

Among the insights are a vivid segment about the conflict between the conductor-composer and his father about his choice of profession and mention of an evening that the very liberal Bernstein and his wife held for the Black Panthers.

Felder will also reprise “George Gershwin Alone,” his one-man look at George Gershwin, May 30-June 10.

Felder’s tribute gives significant attention to his landmark opera “Porgy and Bess,” now in a Tony Award-nominated musical version “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” (first staged locally at the American Repertory Theatre) at least through September 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.

“Fancy Free” runs through Sunday at the Opera House: www.bostonballet.org or 617-695-6955.

“Maestro” also runs through Sunday at Paramount Theater: www.artsemerson.org or 617-824-8000.