Solange Makes History As First Black Woman to Compose Original Score For NYC Ballet

Solange Knowles is one step closer to making history!

The songstress is now the first Black woman to compose an original score for the New York City Ballet. Not only is she smashing ceilings with her latest creative endeavor, but this is also the superstar’s first score within the world of ballet.

“Very excited to announce I’ve composed an original score for the New York City Ballet,” wrote the “Cranes in the Sky” singer via Twitter. “Choreography by Gianna Reisen, score performed by the City Ballet Orchestra + soloist from my ensemble.”

Knowles’ score will premiere during the annual fall fashion gala in September, she also listed additional dates via Instagram, including Oct. 1, with a final date on Oct. 16. Additional days include May 2, 11, 13, 17, and 18th. The event will take place at Lincoln Center.

At the tender age of 16, Solange released her debut album as a solo artist and as they say… the rest is history. Thus far, she has four studio albums under her belt, with her critically acclaimed 2016 album, “A Seat At The Table” claiming a No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart. Her hit single from the project, “Cranes in the Sky, earned her a Grammy award.

 

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While this is the 36-year-old’s first major ballet score, she has tried her hand at quite a few performative dance numbers in recent years. In 2019, one of her pieces was exclusively staged at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie accompanied by a live orchestra.

Per NYC Ballet, Knowles is the second Black woman in the company’s history to be commissioned for a work, following after Lido Pimienta’s 2021 piece, “sky to hold.” Fans quickly flocked to the site to support the songwriter and entertainer on her latest quest. The ballet company even implemented a virtual waiting room to ensure that the site didn’t crash in the process.

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