BALLET’S BAD BOY: Texas Ballet Theater kicks off its season tonight with Peer Gynt. The dance is set to the music of Edvard Grieg and is adapted from a story by Henrik Ibsen, with choreography from TBT’s Ben Stevenson. “Peer Gynt is not nice. He’s terrible to his mother, he’s a womanizer, and he really doesn’t care about anyone but himself,” Stevenson tells dallasnews.com. “But at the same time, there is something undeniably appealing about him.” Sounds like a real prince. But he’s not the only rough character in the ballet repertory. Some of the others are analyzed on dfw.com.
CZECHING IN:The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is devoting its performances this weekend to Dvorak. And the orchestra has brought in cellist Narak Haknhazaryan – owner of a gold medal from the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition – to do some of the heavy lifting. “It is hard work to be heard over such a large orchestra,” he tells theaterjones about playing the composer’s 40-minute Cello Concerto. “But I have lived with this concerto since I was 12 and I know how to pace myself. It is such emotional music that you have to know where the tiring places are and remember to relax.”