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James Sewell Ballet celebrates Chopin

James Sewell has an acute affinity for music (it runs in the family), to the point of assembling his own scores and soundscapes for his original works of contemporary ballet. But for this weekend’s concert at O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, Sewell and the company’s co-founder, Sally Rousse, have assembled a tribute to Frederic Chopin, as this spring marks the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

In a program titled “Tributes,” James Sewell Ballet showcases the premiere of Sewell’s “Chopin Tribute,” with live music by pianist Tadeusz Majewski, programming director of the Frederic Chopin Society. Also on the program is Sewell’s 2008 work “Chopin Studies.” In addition, an 11-year-old prodigy, Evren Ozen, who is also Majewski’s son, accompanies the dancers during Rousse’s  “Berceuse,” set to a Chopin lullaby.

The concert also reprises the elegiac “Good Mourning,” and includes a solo by Daniel Blake, ballet director of the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, with whom the company has been collaborating in the last year.

“Tributes,” James Sewell Ballet. Various times, Thursday-Sunday at the O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Tickets $10-$32. 651-690-6700.

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