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Topic - Igor Stravinsky
Mariinsky is a Russian synonym for excellence. Whenever the Mariinsky Orchestra performs its magnificent repertoire led by the world-class conductor Valery Gergiev, the audience marvels. So it will on Monday when the Washington Performing Arts Society welcomes them to the Kennedy Center for an evening of three major works by composer Igor Stravinsky.
Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes astonished the world by transforming not only ballet, but all the arts in the 20th century — an achievement celebrated with flair in an impressive new major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art: "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced With Music."
When dancers of the New York City Ballet grace the stage at Lincoln Center for this year's fall gala Thursday night, they'll be wearing extraordinary costumes by Valentino _ and not many people can say that these days.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invoked Aaron Copland. The chief justice countered with Jimi Hendrix.