“A Night at the Ball” is an homage to French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). Known for his ability to create vivid images in his works and for breaking boundaries with his innovations, Berlioz is the only great composer who never played the piano. In fact, he was proud that “piano thinking” did not spoil his composition process. The prototypical Romantic—intelligent, erudite, and passionate—Berlioz drew inspiration from literary works, from historic events, and from his own life. He was part of an inspired circle of musicians, writers, and artists, including the composers Ferenc Liszt, Frederic Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn; the pianist Marie Pleyel; and the writer George Sand.
Award-winning pianists Citlalli Guevara and Bulgarian pianist Slavina Zhelezova began their musical collaboration in 2009 in the Bell’arte Foundation Program in Brussels. Combining the cultural heritages and temperaments of Latin America and Eastern Europe, they are committed to delivering anexhilarating experience to audiences through their vast repertoire and original programming, ranging from Baroque to newly-commissioned works.