Boston Ballet draws a huge crowd on Boston Common
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Boston Ballet celebrated its 50th season with a performance Saturday on Boston Common that drew a crowd estimated at more than 55,000 people. The free show (see review in g section) included a little bit of everything, from classic to contemporary, including George Balanchine’s “Serenade” and Christopher Bruce’s “Rooster.” (The Boston Ballet Orchestra provided the accompaniment, except on “Rooster,” which was performed to Rolling Stones’s “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Play With Fire.”) We’re told that the stage, near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets, was the largest ever built on Boston Common, and the crowd witnessed 890 pirouettes. (We got dizzy trying to count them ourselves.) Afterward, Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen and the rest of the company joined friends, family, and the folks from Admirals Bank, the evening’s sponsor, for an after-party at the Ritz-Carlton.