SF BALLET – PROGRAMS 4 & 5 OPEN THIS WEEK

Casting Announced for Thursday Opening of Program 4
Program 5 opens Friday night with an all-Mark Morris menu

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Ballet’s PROGRAM 4 opens Thursday Night with three works – two revivals, On A Theme Of Paganini; The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody); and the Company’s premiere of Jardin Aux Lilas. The first, with music by Sergei Rachmaninov, will feature pianist Roy Bogas. The premiere of Jardin Aux Lilas will feature violinist Roy Malan in Ernest Chausson’s Poème, for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25. Pianist Michael McGraw will be featured in the third presentation, The Concert, playing various works of Chopin.
Performances continue on:
Saturday, March 14, at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, March 17, at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 20, at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 22, at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 PM

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini.
Photo, Erik Tomasson

PROGRAM 4 – Opening Night, Thursday, March 12th, at 8:00 pm
On A Theme Of Paganini
Choreography by Helgi Tomasson, based on Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43. Costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Neil Peter Jampolis. Martin West conducts the SF Ballet Orchestra, with the stellar talents of violinist Roy Bogas. The Opening Night cast features Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat, Joan Boada, Maria Kochetkova, and Davit Karapetyan. The World Premiere by San Francisco Ballet took place at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House on March 7th, 2008.

On A Theme Of Paganini
MARIA KOCHETKOVA & DAVIT KARAPETYAN.
Photo, Erik Tomasson.
NICCOLÒ PAGANINI, Violinist

Jardin Aux Lilas – A San Francisco Ballet Premiere
Choreography by Antony Tudor, and based on Poéme for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 65 by ERNEST CHAUSSON. Staging by Donald Mahler; scenic and costume designs by Peter Cazalet. The opening night performance is conducted by David LaMarche and features violinist Roy Malan. In the cast as “Caroline” – Lorena Feijóo; the “Lover” – Ruben Martin; the “Woman” – Sofiane Sylve; and as the “Man” – Pierre-François Vilanoba. The World Premiere was by Ballet Rambert and took place at London’s Mercury Theatre, January 26th, 1936.

ANTONY TUDOR, Choreographer
ERNEST CHAUSSON, Composer

Antony Tudor came to the United States in 1939 at the invitation of New York’s Ballet Theatre. He danced leading roles and created ballets for several English and American companies. Between 1963 and 1964, he served as the Artistic Director for the Royal Swedish Ballet. He remained the resident choreographer at the American Ballet Theatre until his death in 1987. His ballets, influenced by the expressionism of Fokine and Massine, use the modern idiom. In his later work, he used psychological tension and dramatic gestures expressed in the language of ballet to explore human suffering. Among Tudor’s most popular works are Lilac Garden (1938), Gala Performance (1938), Pillar of Fire (1942), Romeo and Juliet (1942), Undertow (1945), Offenbach in the Underworld (1955), Echoes of Trumpets (1963), The Leaves Are Fading (1975), and Tiller in the Fields (1978). In all Tudor choreographed 56 ballets, fewer than 20 of which are still commonly performed by various companies.

THE CONCERT (or, The Perils of Everybody)
Jerome Robbins choreography is staged by Jean-Pierre Frohlich. The Décor is by Edward Gorey, with fashions by Irene Sharaff and lighting designs by Ronald Bates. Martin West conducts and Michael McGraw is featured on the piano. The music is by FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN and includes the Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1; Overture Berceuse, Op. 57; Prelude, Op. 28, No. 18; Prelude, Op. 28, No. 16; Waltz in E Minor, Op. Posth.; Prelude, Op. 28, No. 7; Mazurka in G, Op. Posth.; Prelude, Op. 28, No. 4; and Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47, No. 3.

JEROME ROBBINS, Choreographer
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN, Composer

The opening night cast of The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) features Sarah Van Patten as the “Ballerina”; Pascal Molat as the “Husband”; and Erin McNulty as the “Wife”. The World Premiere was presented by New York City Ballet at New York’s City Center Theatre, March 6th, 1956. San Francisco Ballet premiered the work on January 24, 1987 at the War Memorial Opera House.

PROGRAM 5 – An all Mark Morris Program. Opening Night, Friday, March 13th, at 8:00 PM
San Francisco Ballet toasts 15 years of brilliant collaborations with world-renowned choreographer and artist Mark Morris. Since creating his first work for the Company in 1994, Morris has choreographed seven works for SF Ballet, more than for any other dance company besides his own. This program includes the encore of Joyride from the New Works Festival, along with A Garden and the ever-popular Sandpaper Ballet.
Performances continue on:
Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 19, at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 24, at 8:00 PM

A GARDEN
Choreography by Mark Morris, assisted by Susan Weber. Lighting Designs are by Michael Chybowski. The music is Tanzsuite for Orchestra by Richard Strauss after keyboard pieces by François Couperin. The World Premiere by San Francisco Ballet happened February 23rd, 2001 at the War Memorial Opera House.

Morris’ Joy Ride. Photo, Erik Tomasson

JOYRIDE
Choreography by Mark Morris, assisted by Susan Weber. Based on the music of John Adams. Costume designs by Isaac Mizrahi and light designs by James F. Ingalls. The World Premiere by San Francisco Ballet took place on April 23rd, 2008 at the War Memorial Opera House.

MORRIS’ SANDPAPER BALLET.
Erin McNulty and Jaime Garcia.

Photo, Erik Tomasson

SANDPAPER BALLET
Choreography by Mark Morris, assisted by Tina Fehlandt. Costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and lighting by James F. Ingalls. The Music: by Leroy Anderson includes Sleigh Ride (Overture), The Typewriter, Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Sarabande, Balladette, Jazz Pizzicato, Jazz Legato, Fiddle Faddle, The Girl in Satin, Song of the Bells, and The Syncopated Clock. San Francisco Ballet presented the World Premiere on April 27th, 1999 at the War Memorial Opera House

Add these recordings to your Classical Library:

ARTHUR GRUMIAUX – Historic Philips Recordings, 1953-1962. Disc includes Ernest Chausson’s Poème, for violin & orchestra, Op. 25. Jean Fournet leads the Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra.

CHOPIN: GREATEST HITS – A fabulous collection that includes Chopin’s Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major (Philippe Entremont); Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28 (Cyprien Katsaris), etc.

LEROY ANDERSON: Once Upon a Sleigh Ride – DVD, “Once Upon A Sleigh Ride”. A PBS Special narrated by Dick Cavett. Music includes Sleigh Ride, Typewriter, and Blue Tango.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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