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FILE - Artists of Ballet West perform in its 2014 production of "The Nutcracker."

SALT LAKE CITY — In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Utah Symphony is hosting several collaborative performances, including "Ballet West with the Utah Symphony" on Feb. 26 and 27.

“When we decided to collaborate with other local performing organizations for our 75th anniversary season, I knew right away that Ballet West had to be an important part of our celebration,” Thierry Fischer, the Utah Symphony's music director, said in a press release.

Dancers from Ballet West will perform to Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Grande Tarantelle,” Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra and Claude Debussy’s “Jeux, Poème dansé” (see content advisory below). Additionally, the orchestra will play George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”

“The orchestra will be much larger than (ones at) a typical Ballet West performance, and that’s nothing but exciting," said Adam Sklute, artistic director of Ballet West. "It’s amazing to dance in front of a 70 to 90 piece orchestra; the sound is almost overwhelming. I know that our artists will be very excited and it will create a much different experience for them."

The combined performance is supported by piano soloist Louis Schwizgebel and choreographer Helen Pickett.

“Audiences will experience the wonderful music of the Utah Symphony, with our dancers right in front,” Sklute said. “It creates a whole new dimension, layer, to the theater experience that they would normally get in a concert hall.”

As part of its anniversary season, the Utah Symphony has already collaborated with the Utah Opera, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Madeleine Choir School. In April, the Utah Symphony will perform Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

These collaborative performances have been planned, commissioned, arranged and choreographed specifically for the anniversary season, according to the news release.

“It is an opportunity to see two of Utah’s greatest cultural organizations together," Sklute said. "It’s beautiful music, exciting and athletic, physical dance and art, all combined in one.”

Content advisory: According to a Utah Symphony box office representative, the original choreography for “Jeux,” which premiered in 1913, is about a female couple that invites a man to a romantic encounter. The updated choreography on the program keeps this theme, but changes it from a tennis match to an office setting. There are a few brief kisses exchanged between the women and between the women and the man. The piece will be performed during the final 20 minutes of the concert.

If you go…

What: Ballet West with the Utah Symphony

When: Feb. 26 and 27, 7:30 pm

Where: Abravanel Hall

How much: $18 to $80 general; tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance; student and under 30 tickets are available for $10-$15 on the day of the show.

Phone: 801-355-2787

Web: utahsymphony.org

Email: [email protected]