I went to see the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra perform Daphnis and Chloe with the Canadian Mennonite University choir last night. They were presenting a ballet score composed by Ravel. The ballet tells a story written by a Greek novelist named Longus in the second century. Longus spins the tale of two young people whose path to finding love with one another follows a twisted course. Daphnis and Chloe was also the title of an exhibit of prints by Chagall that ran all summer at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. I had learned to tell the Daphnis and Chloe story so I could share it with my tour groups.
As I listened to the music last night I thought of the various Chagall prints that could have accompanied each movement of the Ravel score. It made the concert a richer experience for me.
I kept wishing the Winnipeg Symphony could have arranged to have the Chagall prints flashing on the screen as they played.