Tulsa World

Tulsa Ballet’s extraordinary ’Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music,’ which had its world-premiere performance at the Tulsa PAC is, simply, a triumph. The ballet’s score was assembled by [choreographer] Ma Cong and composer-librettist Oliver Peter Graber from familiar and lesser-known pieces by Tchaikovsky, augmented by Graber’s own compositions and selections from some of Tchaikovsky’s contemporaries. The result was a remarkably seamless, highly dramatic whole, which the Tulsa Symphony, under the direction of Peter Stafford Wilson, performed about as well as one could hope. It was a highly colored, well-paced performance that packed as much of an emotional punch as the dancing.