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May 4, 2015

Repertory Announced for San Francisco Ballet School Student Showcase at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, May 20-22, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CAMonday, May 4, 2015—The San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, announces repertory for the annual Student Showcase at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, May 20-22, 2015. All three performances feature class demonstrations by students in levels 2-8, choreographed by School Faculty member Parrish Maynard. In addition, a diverse array of works will be performed by advanced-level students and School Trainees. This year’s program includes the U.S. premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées Musicales and SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Bartók Divertimento. The program will also feature two world premieres by SFBallet Soloist James Sofranko and SF Ballet Apprentice Benjamin Freemantle.

The Student Showcase celebrates SF Ballet School’s exceptional students and its internationally recognized curriculum. Ticket holders will have a unique opportunity to see the next generation of ballet professionals while supporting the nation’s oldest ballet school. Following the May 21 performance, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary will host a fundraising dinner benefiting the school’s scholarship and financial aid programs.

This presentation of MacMillan’s Soirées Musicales, which premiered at The Royal Ballet School’s annual summer performance in 1988, is a U.S. premiere. Choreographed for 26 dancers, the ballet is set to music by Benjamin Britten after Gioachino Rossini. Tomasson’s Bartók Divertimento was first performed by SF Ballet at the 2002 Opening Night Gala. The work for four dancers features music by Béla Bartók, one of Tomasson’s favorite composers, with costume design by Sandra Woodall and lighting design by Lisa J. Pinkham.

Sofranko’s Mozart Symphony is set to music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 “Paris.” Sofranko joined SF Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2007. Prior to that, he received his training at The Juilliard School and Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. Freemantle’s new work (title to be announced) is a collaboration with student composer Lauren Romano Bare of The Crowden School’s John Adams Young Composers Program. The work will be performed during the May 20 and 22 performances only. Freemantle hails from Port Moody, British Columbia and trained at SF Ballet School.

“The Showcase is not only a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain performance experience but also an excellent chance for the audience to see some of the best and brightest ballet students training today,” said SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand. “We are particularly proud to present the U.S. premiere of MacMillan’s Soirées Musicales and Tomasson’s Bartók Divertimento. It’s a testament to the talent of these young dancers that they can perform both works with such skill.”

Student Showcase Dinner
Following the May 21 performance, dinner and dancing will be hosted by the SF Ballet Auxiliary at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Carol Benz is the event chair, and Beverley Siri Borelli is the dinner chair. John S. Osterweis is the Honorary Chair.

SF Ballet is pleased to recognize St. John, Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC, and Dodge & Cox as generous sponsors of the 2015 Student Showcase.

Individual tickets to the fundraising dinner, which include admission to the Student Showcase, are $350 for Patron tickets, $550 for Benefactor tickets, and $1,000 for Grand Benefactor tickets. Tickets for children are $150 each. For more information, please visit

Wines are generously provided by William Hill Estate Winery® and La Marca Prosecco®. Dinner invitations are by Dauphine Press.

The Student Showcase performances will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 21 at 6pm; and Friday, May 22 at 7:30pm. Individual performance tickets start at $40, and tickets for SF Ballet School students and their siblings are $15; to purchase, contact the Ticket Services Office at 415.865.2000. 

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