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About SandyMcKean

  • Birthday 03/23/1945

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    totally consumed with balletomane fever
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    Guemes Island (90 minutes north of Seattle)
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  1. Hmmmmmm.... I was thinking of buying a "ticket" to the Ashton program (program 1), but it says "Sold Out". How can a streamed digital program sell out? It also says that the program is available for a "period of time". Anyone know for how long that is?
  2. Some time ago I emailed the Met asking about Met on Demand quality sound. They said, it is stereo. They said they realize it's not the best, but that they were working on finding a way to go from stereo to 5.1. No dates given. I suppose I should try listening with headphones which are, of course, designed for stereo. But what I want (one can always wish 😉) is a more cinematic feel and experience. In addition, one's expectations are likely very different depending on whether one is watching on a tablet, a phone, or other small screen, verses a 75" high quality TV screen with surround sound. When one is watching a big screen from several feet away, the stereo sound from frontal-only speakers sounds very uni-directional and artificial (kind of like miked singers do) compared to the multi-dimensional feeling of speakers in front and behind you. I imagine stereo coming from "way up there behind the screen" wouldn't sound too great either at a cinema during a Met Live in HD streaming performance. Heck, these cinema's often use dozens of speakers with dozens of audio channels to achieve a life-like experience.
  3. I've looked for the answer to this question.......maybe I missed it. As a subscriber to this digital season, will I be able to view the program as many times as I like during the 5 day period or just once? I have a concern too....not enough of a concern to not be very excited indeed to see some ballet (even this way), but I've been very disappointed with the sound quality of the Met Opera digital streams. The Met video is great, but there is no 5.1 sound. It comes in as stereo, and not very good stereo at that. Clearly they have 5.1 and better sound since that is what is piped in to cinemas for Met Live, but for whatever reason (bandwidth?) they don't stream it. I have a good surround sound system and watching the recent Met Joyce DiDonato concert was disappointing to me for this reason. For me, sound quality is vital when it comes to opera streaming, but thankfully it is only a "nice to have" for ballet. In ballet, the visual outweighs the audio for me. Suddenly, another question pops into my head. Will these PNB digital performances have a live orchestra or recorded music? I've gotta think recorded.
  4. And I've already purchased tickets to every lecture and performance that Giselle weekend. More tax deductable contributions I guess đŸ˜Ļ. P.S. I too will take a Giselle over a Coppelia any day of the week!
  5. I am SO bummed out! I looked forward to this program more than any other this season. I have also already purchased tickets for 3 performances.....c'est la vie.
  6. There are many, many things to admire about Ben that's for sure, but what comes to my mind is his never failing commitment to excellence.
  7. Ouch.....I hadn't heard this ☚ī¸. For me, the "Alan unforgettable moment" was his playing of Chopin in Robbin's "Dances at a Gathering".
  8. Could injuries have something to do with this? (I've always greatly admired Margaret's impeccable technique, energy, and sheer commitment she brings to the stage. I will miss this fireball!)
  9. I agree with seattle_dancer....in fact more so. IMO, Plot Point is not to be missed. True, it is not exactly ballet, but only ballet dancers are capable of doing it. For me, it is one of the most mind-boggling performance works I've ever seen.
  10. Cool. I'm going to all of it! Just bought my tickets for 4/16, 4/17, 4/18mat performances too. It's going to take me 6 months to get the Giselle ear/eye worms out of my head......I'll just consider them a special form of Wilis 😉. I guess there are worse ways to die. How exciting!
  11. I watched this rehearsal video last night. What a treat! So well done like everything Lindsay Thomas does (I assume it is her video). Focusing was a problem, but that is to be expected in an ad hoc situation like this. Thanks PNB for getting me "in the studio". BTW, does anyone know which part Francia did in the original cast?
  12. I loved this rep. I saw all 3 performances on the 1st weekend. Strangely, my favorite was different at each performance: Bacchus on Friday night, The Trees on Sat afternoon, and Kings on Sat night. I'm sure part of that is where you sit. I sat in the front row for The Trees when it became my favorite, and I sat in the Dress Circle when Kings was my favorite. I really, really do think that The Trees should be seen from close rather than from far. Most of all I was just in awe of how fabulous our PNB dancers are. Is there anything they can't do.....and do superbly? All seemed to be having the time of their lives....just plain having fun. They work so well together as a team. If I had to pick a stand out from all the many, many terrific performances, it would have to be Elle Macy in Kings (Merchant right behind in Trees). That Elle Macy floors me these days is no surprise....she's been the apple of my eye for a couple of seasons now 😏
  13. Agon has been my favorite ballet for many years. So glad to be able to see it again. Last time they did it, Leslie Rausch just blew me away. Somehow her impressive musicality even extended to these essentially impossible to count rhythms.......Stravinsky must sit on her shoulder. I get all excited when I think of our "even-more-accomplished-and-polished-dancers-since-last-time" doing it. For example, imagining Elle Macy in Agon makes me swoon.
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