JEWELS AND RUSSIAN SEASONS – Exquisite Endings to SF Ballet Season

Program 7, May 5th and
Program 8, May 6th
Bravo to San Francisco Ballet!

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The music of JEWELS is a glittering combination of selections by Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Tchaikovsky. Act One, Emeralds, is set to the Suite of Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 and incidental music to Shylock Op. 57. Act Two, Rubies, utilizes the 1949 version of Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. And Diamonds D Major Op. 29, borrows Movements 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major Op. 29. Original costume designs by Karinska are recreated by Haydee Morales. Original Rubies lighting design is by Ronald Bates. Lighting for Emeralds and Rubies is by Perry Silvey. Staging is by Elyse Borne. Scenic design by Tony Walton. PROGRAM 7 continues May 5, 7, 9, 10

BALANCHINE'S DIAMONDS – Pierre-François Vilanoba and Sofiane Sylve. Photo, Erik Tomasson

BALANCHINE'S DIAMONDS – Pierre-François Vilanoba and Sofiane Sylve. Photo, Erik Tomasson

CAST LIST: Tuesday, May 5th, at 8:00 pm*
JEWELS : Choreography by George Balanchine
Conductor: Martin West.
EMERALDS – Features Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith, Rachel Viselli, Ivan Popov, Elizabeth Miner, Taras Domitro, and Clara Blanco.

BALANCHINE'S EMERALDS – Damian Smith and Yuan Yuan Tan. Photo, Erik Tomasson

BALANCHINE'S EMERALDS – Damian Smith and Yuan Yuan Tan. Photo, Erik Tomasson

BALANCHINE'S RUBIES – Elana Altman, Vanessa Zahorian and Pascal Molat. Photo, Erik Tomasson

BALANCHINE'S RUBIES – Elana Altman, Vanessa Zahorian and Pascal Molat. Photo, Erik Tomasson


RUBIES – Features Tina LeBlanc, Pascal Molat, and Sofiane Sylve. Piano: Michael McGraw.
DIAMONDS – Features Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan.
* Subject to change

PROGRAM 8– Wednesday, May 6th, and 8th
Conductor: David Briskin
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
FUSION: Choreography by Yuri Possokhov
The music of FUSION is a combination featuring AajKiRaat (Tonight is the Night) by Rahul Dev Burman (arranged by Osvaldo Golijov); and Graham Fitkin’s Hard Fairy, The Cone Gatherers, and Bed. Scenic design is by Benjamin Pierce, costumes by Sandra Woodall, and lighting design by James F. Ingalls.

GRAHAM FITKIN and RAHUL DEV BURMAN

GRAHAM FITKIN and RAHUL DEV BURMAN


Conductor: David Briskin
Featuring Lorena Feijoo, Hansuke Yamamoto, Frances Chung, Martyn Garside, Vanessa Zahorian, Daniel Deivison, Yuan Yuan Tan, and Damian Smith*. Piano: Natal’ya Feygina and Michael McGraw. Saxaphone: Dale Wolford.

RATMANSKY'S RUSSIAN SEASONS – San Francisco Ballet. Photo, Erik Tomasson

RATMANSKY'S RUSSIAN SEASONS – San Francisco Ballet. Photo, Erik Tomasson

Featuring Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith (Orange/White); Sofiane Sylve, Pierre-François Vilanoba (Red); Lorena Feijoo, Ruben Martin (Green); Vanessa Zahorian, Pascal Molat (Blue)Maria Kochetkova, Isaac Hernandez (Violet); Elizabeth Miner, Hansuke Yamamoto (Purple).* Violin: Roy Malan. Mezzo-Soprano: Susana Poretsky.

LEONID DESYATNIKOV and PHILIP GLASS

LEONID DESYATNIKOV and PHILIP GLASS


DOUBLE EVIL: Choreography by Jorma Elo.
Timpani: Jason Goodman, John Burgardt. Violin: Roy Malan
Featuring Elana Altman, Pierre-François Vilanoba, Sarah Van Patten, Garen Scribner, Frances Chung, Rory Hohenstein, Pauli Magierek, and James Sofranko.*
* Subject to chnage

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, 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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