Every summer the arrival of BalletMet Columbus' free "Music in the Air" performance prompts bittersweet feelings. On one hand, it signals the approach of a new dance season. On the other, it marks the end of summer.

Every summer the arrival of BalletMet Columbus' free "Music in the Air" performance prompts bittersweet feelings. On one hand, it signals the approach of a new dance season. On the other, it marks the end of summer.

Looking forward to this season, BalletMet will perform excerpts from "Requiem!!" and "Dangerous Liaisons," two of the evening-length ballets they will present this fall. Birgit Scherzer's 1991 "Requiem!!," given its North American premiere by BalletMet in 1997, will open the season in October.

Fragmenting and reordering Mozart's "Requiem," Scherzer gives us a meditation on the universality of death and a symbolic glimpse into the life and legend of the composer.

Former BalletMet Artistic Director David Nixon's "Dangerous Liaisons," set to music by Antonio Vivaldi, will be presented in full in November.

Selections from last spring's "Simply Sammy," Darrell Grand Moultrie's tap-happy tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., premiered last spring, will also be performed.

Also on the outdoor program will be "Coming into View," which BalletMet premiered back in March. Its choreographer, dancer Jimmy Orrante, was inspired by parallels between firefly and human mating habits.

"Topsy," Harrison McEldowney's contribution to the 2006 "Jazz Moves," makes a return visit. Returning to Mozart in a lighter vein, Laurie Eisenhower's "Night Music," revived from last fall's "NightMoves," rounds out the free concert.

Add WaterFire Columbus and the city skyline as the backdrop, and it's hard to imagine a more pleasant transition from summer into fall.