Few things good ever come easily, or without stepping outside one’s comfort zone. But persistence paid off in Cincinnati Ballet’s pursuit of Peter Frampton, the Grammy-winning guitar hero with a career spanning decades. And he’s still touring and making new music, including some original compositions written especially for Frampton & Cincinnati Ballet Live.
Speaking by telephone from Nashville, Tenn., his new home base, Frampton plays up a little British charm. He’s affable, jokey and quick to chuckle.
After Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan first suggested to Frampton a full evening program of his well-known music, his response was, “Are you sure?” He laughs. Then he said yes.
Being commissioned to write music for dance was something Frampton had never done before. It was his own suggestion, and an exciting prospect for both him and Morgan. Little did he realize he was also going to be asked to play live onstage, with a full band, alongside the Ballet’s dancers. And this became another thrill.
Frampton & Cincinnati Ballet Live takes place at the Aronoff Center 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $31. cballet.org.