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Pacific Northwest Ballet Opening Night 16 September 2006

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Helene   

There was a flyer in last night's Jewels program for the Opening Night performance of the 2006-7 PNB season on 16 September.. There must be a different donor base for the ballet and Seattle Symphony, because two of the four top performing arts organizations in Seattle are hosting competing opening nights.

Last week I received a tiny "Save the Date" package in the mail, complete with fortune cookie, to publicize the opening night concert featuring Lang Lang in a performance of Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", along with Rossini's "William Tell Overture," Verdi's "Triumphal March and Ballet from Aida" and Resphighi's "The Pines of Rome." On 16 September, naturally, moved a week sooner from its usual spot.

The Gala is a good introduction to the season:

Circus Polka (Stravinsky/Robbins)

Remembrances pas de deux (Wagner/Joffrey, with Jane Eaglen singing "Träume")

Excerpts from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky/Stowell)

Excerpts from La Sonnambula (Rieti/Balanchine)

World Premiere (Glass/Gibson)

Theme and Variations (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine)

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sandik   
There was a flyer in last night's Jewels program for the Opening Night performance of the 2006-7 PNB season on 16 September.. There must be a different donor base for the ballet and Seattle Symphony, because two of the four top performing arts organizations in Seattle are hosting competing opening nights.

For years they never had to think at all about competing nights since they shared the Opera House -- I wonder sometimes what kind of efforts they make about scheduling.

The gods help us if the opera ever gets its own facility!

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doug   

PNB's gala is traditionally the Saturday evening before the first repertory performance of the season (the following Thursday evening). Unfortunately, the symphony changed the date of their gala to coincide with the ballet's.

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Helene   
PNB's gala is traditionally the Saturday evening before the first repertory performance of the season (the following Thursday evening). Unfortunately, the symphony changed the date of their gala to coincide with the ballet's.
Maybe that's why the Symphony sent out little boxes with fortune cookies...

I hope everyone who chooses the Symphony opener feels guilty and writes a big check to the ballet :flowers:

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Helene   

If it weren't enough to have competing Opening Nights, on September 16 Savion Glover is performing Classical Savion at the Moore. He will do a second performance on Sunday afternoon at 3, but still. Why don't they just schedule a Bolshoi Raymonda with Allash at the Paramount and a Podles recital in Tacoma for the same day?

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If it weren't enough to have competing Opening Nights, on September 16 Savion Glover is performing Classical Savion at the Moore. He will do a second performance on Sunday afternoon at 3, but still. Why don't they just schedule a Bolshoi Raymonda with Allash at the Paramount and a Podles recital in Tacoma for the same day?

I have agitated over and over again for better scheduling, both with the large institutions and with smaller groups, but I seem to be talking to myself most of the time. All I can say is that this is not the first time, nor is it the most ridiculous example.

a Podles recital in Tacoma

Please, don't give them any ideas!

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