CHITA RIVERA – Narrates “Peter and the Wolf” with the San Francisco Symphony

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Broadway legend Chita Rivera, best known for her starring performances in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Kiss of the Spider Woman, among other musical theater classics, is the special guest Narrator for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s three performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, December 10th, at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm in Davies Symphony Hall; and Sunday, December 11th, at 3:00 pm at the Flint Center in Cupertino.
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CHITA RIVERA, Narrator – Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf
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An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. Her electric performance as “Anita” in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Rivera’s career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award winner), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award-winner), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour, she has starred in Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, and Can-Can with The Rockettes. In recent years, Rivera starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele. She recreated her starring role in The Visit, the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (originally done at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago in 2001). She also starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas.

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DONATO CABRERA, Conductor – Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf
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San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Wattis Foundation Music Director Donato Cabrera leads the Youth Orchestra in these performances of the classic family favorite, part of San Francisco Symphony’s 2011 holiday concert season and the Youth Orchestra’s 31st season. The Program will also include:

Tchaikovsky – “Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker
Prokofiev – Music from Romeo and Juliet
Liadov – The Music Box, Opus 32
Dvořák – Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Opus 72
Falla – “Final Dance” from The Three-Cornered Hat
Johann Strauss, Sr. – Radetzky March
Traditional Carol Sing-Along: Jingle Bells; Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer; We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Highlights of the SFS 2011 holiday concert line-up at Davies Symphony Hall also include new The Best Time of Year classical Christmas concerts performed by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus; the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s swinging holiday hits and standards; three performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus; and the elegant New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball.
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