Press Release


And hopefully, no fist fights

July 1, 2018

It’s uncertain what audiences expected at the 1902 Vienna premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht,but the debut was met with hisses, riots and fistfights. At the August 2 premiere of ACB’s Transfigured Night, the audience can expect to hear why the piece became very successful soon afterwards. 

The company’s Summer Premieresseries features two ballets as different as night and day, but equally inspired by some of the most beautiful music of two very different composers. 

Candide Overturecelebrates Leonard Bernstein's centennial with a tribute to his sunny, ebullient, rhythmic dance music. By contrast, Transfigured Nightexplores the haunting yet radiant world of two lovers as one of them confesses a secret. The original ballet by ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones is set to the once-controversial piece written by Schoenberg before he developed his twelve-tone system; it reveals a young composer of deep feeling and stunning melodic and harmonic gifts. 

Verklärte Nachtis incredibly beautiful, unique music. Schoenberg was at the beginning of his career when he wrote it, and yet he depicts the inner states of his protagonists with astounding depth,” says Jones. “As a choreographer, it’s like working with a great script – it makes my job that much easier.”  

It’s also an invitation for those still in the ‘Schoenberg destroyed music’ camp to rethink that idea, demonstrating how well he could work within traditional, though daring, tonality. Some of the melee surrounding its debut was in reaction to its bold harmonies and ‘forbidden chords’, but to most contemporary ears, says Jones, it simply sounds exquisite. 

Summer Premieres: August 2 - 12

Tickets $40-$105; visit

Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m.

But first…Dancing School. On July 22 at 4:00 p.m., the company offers a first look at the new works as Jones takes guests through variations from Candide Overture. The program itself is a study in contrasts: different ACB dancers perform the same combinations as Jones critiques and comments on their performance.

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PRESS CONTACT:    Amy Jones / (206) 920-0062