Phil Salutes Ballet 

The last artistic collaboration of the 2009-2010 Boise Philharmonic season, A Salute to Ballet Idaho, combines three ballet performances with music by classical gurus.

"[The performances] are uniquely choreographed for this show," said Tina Kierce, director of sales and marketing for the philharmonic.

Based on African mythology, the first selection, Milhaud's La Creation du Monde, is choreographed by Alex Ossadnik.

"It's a very sensual display of dance," said Kierce.

The cheery Divertissement, by Jacques Ibert, harmonizes dance with a bright musical background.

The final piece, Daphnis and Chloe, explores Maurice Ravel's interpretation of an adopted boy and girl who fall in love. Kidnapping, violence and pirate abduction, however, may threaten the lovers' destiny. Ravel translates Greek author Longus' work into a musical dynamo.

"[The piece] kind of goes through an emotional rollercoaster," said Kierce.

Hold on tight.

Friday, April 23, 8 p.m., $17-$36, Swayne Auditorium, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St. Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m., $21-$65, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-344-7849,

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