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Scott Speck

The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic Set the Auditorium Theatre Ablaze in Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.20.2014 | Chicago
Carla Escoda

Wheeldon's is hardly the first, nor the most radical, revision of Swan Lake. Yet purists may object to his elimination of the court scenes and the bracing folk dances that add a more respectable character to Act III than the striptease and the can-can.

Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Tchaikovsky was the essence of the Russian Romantic era. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and his unforgettable melodies are full of the most honest expression.

Savoring the Score of Joffrey's Romeo and Juliet

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The Joffrey is taking on Romeo & Juliet this season, which has an amazing score by Sergei Prokofiev. We asked conductor Scott Speck some questions about the music, and he shares some wonderful insights with us here.

Music, Ballet and the Russian Masters

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Today we have conductor Scott Speck with us to talk about the music for the Joffrey's upcoming Russian Masters program. The company will perform Nijinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps," or "The Rite of Spring," with music by Stravinsky.

The Joffrey: Live Music For American Legends

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

We wanted to learn more about the process of what goes on behind the scenes to bring this partnership between dance and music to life, so we reached out to Scott Speck, Music Director for the Joffrey.

Joffrey Ballet's 'Human Landscapes' Program Connects

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The contrast of effortless beauty and diligent work is explored throughout this piece -- both concepts dear to the very heart of ballet as an art form.

Music and Dance in Real Time: The Joffrey Ballet's Scott Speck

Johnny Nevin | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

As Scott Speck describes the complex process of preparing for such a performance, it becomes more and more clear that the luxurious and powerful sound of a symphony orchestra is only the beginning of the story.