The word baroque came from a Portuguese word for “misshapen pearl,” suggesting a somewhat dour opinion of the era’s heavy musical flourishes, though many of the world’s best-known composers called it their own: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann. The dances of the age, which included such delights as the quick-tempo canarie, otherwise known as “frog legs” for its little jumps and violent foot-stamping, or the tambourin, which referenced the quick movements of chickens, also swept beyond country dances into the realm of early ballet. Tonight’s premiere... More >>>