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Stern Grove Festival, Sunday 7/31

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San Francisco Ballet gave its annual performance at the Stern Grove Festival on Sunday 7/31. I'll post more later about the performance, but it was a wonderful afternoon. The first part of the performance were two pieces performed by former and current dancers in the trainee program. Hopefully other people can give their views.

Stern Grove Festival Matinee

Sunday, July 31, 2011, 2:00 PM


Choreographer: J. Francisco Martinez

Composer: Franz Schubert

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Natal'ya Feygina

Elizabeth Powell^ Francisco Mungamba

Lacey Escabar*

Trygve Cumpston*

Shion Yuasa^

Henry Sidford^

*SF Ballet School Trainee ^SF Ballet Company Apprentice


Choreographer: Myles Thatcher

Lacey Escabar*, Ellen Rose Hummel^, Lauren Parrott*#, Shion Yuasa^, Sean Bennett^, Trygve Cumpston*, Francisco Mungamba, Alexander Reneff-Olson*, Henry Sidford^

*SF Ballet School Trainee ^SF Ballet Company Apprentice

# denotes premiere in work



Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor: Martin West

Piano: Michael McGraw

Maria Kochetkova, Ruben Martin Cintas

Vanessa Zahorian, Gennadi Nedvigin

Dores Andre, Elizabeth Miner, Joan Boada, Jaime Garcia Castilla



Choreographer: George Balanchine

Composer: Georges Bizet

Conductor: Martin West

Lorena Feijoo, Vitor Luiz

Sofiane Sylve, Vito Mazzeo

Frances Chung, Isaac Hernandez

Nicole Chiapponi, Lonnie Weeks

* Denotes premiere in role.

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I went back and forth all morning about going – but slippery fog and the long streetcar trip out decided me against it. And "Symphony in C," the most artificial of ballets, in daylight, open to the full green of the nature, the green of golfcourses, "the smell of English lawns". But the casting looked great, with young dancers of the company ... look forward to any comments.

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