The Firebird ballet is a Russian tale of love and magic. The story takes place in an enchanted garden deep in the forest. Prince Ivan wanders into the garden and discovers the Firebird, a mystical creature that appears to be a beautiful woman with a bird-like appearance. The Firebird uses her special powers to help Prince Ivan and teaches him how the power of love overcomes evil. Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first ballet George Balanchine created in America. Described as a dreamy moonlit masterpiece, Serenade will take your breath away and leave you wanting to see it again and again. Program also includes the premiere of Ash, an accelerated tempo to the exciting music by Michael Torke, Peter Martins, Artistic Director of New York City Ballet and Samuel Barber Adagio, a ballet once seen will never be forgotten.