Music: New Wings for Firebird

Manhattan's bustling little City Opera Co. (TIME, Nov. 3, 1947 et seq.) proved it knew how to give the classics a new shine. Last week it was the turn of City Opera's bright young sister outfit, the City Ballet Co., to show it could do the same with the dance.

At the roomy, rococo City Center theater (converted from an old Shrine auditorium), the curtain went up on Marc Chagall's Firebird sets, and the audience gasped with pleasure. The brilliant red-and-blue sets, commissioned four years ago by Impresario Sol Hurok for Ballet Theatre, had been...

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