Ballet preview: Trio of programs at center of “New Directions/New Works”

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From the April 24, 2014 edition

BalletMet presents a trio of programs with spectacular choreography and accompanying score.

Rachmaninoff’s compositions, performed live with two grand pianos on stage, will accompany the world premiere of BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang’s “Heaven & Earth.”

Classic works by Rodgers and Hammerstein will come to life in “Carousel (A Dance)” by Christopher Wheeldon, and mambo king Perez Prado’s music in “18 + 1” enhances Gustavo Ramirez “Sansano’s” with some feisty Latin beats.