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The 2018/19 season marks the 20th anniversary of Carolina Ballet’s close association with Raleigh-based composer J. Mark Scearce.  All told, his music has graced Carolina Ballet stages in eight ballets, amounting to more than six hours of his original music, many of whose tunes we’re humming years later.

His 1999 Kreutzer Sonata married Beethoven and Janacek with his own original music.  A decade later Guernica and the Reverdy Song of the Dead centered the Picasso show.  In the interim, his Endymion’s Sleep touched our hearts. The following year Dracula and Masque of the Red Death opened to rave reviews and two revivals. Five years on, Macbeth with an unforgettable powerhouse score moved audiences both in Memorial and DPAC. And now, back from Prague, Scearce shares his Mucha-inspired Valentine’s Day premiere this season along with Dracula and Masque revivals.

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