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Frances Chung in Balanchine's Serenade // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

STARRY NIGHTS: SF BALLET’S RETURN TO THE STAGE

STARRY NIGHTS: SF BALLET’S RETURN TO THE STAGE

STARRY NIGHTS: SF BALLET'S RETURN TO THE STAGE

Join us for San Francisco Ballet’s long-awaited return to live performances, featuring a thrilling blend of poetry and athleticism. In partnership with Stanford Live at the Frost Amphitheater, the two-performance program on August 13–14 will feature George Balanchine’s transcendent, luminous Serenade, set to a soaring Tchaikovsky score; Balanchine’s spirited Tarantella, set to Gottschalk; and Danielle Rowe’s powerful For Pixie, set to the music of Nina Simone. Closing out the evening will be Helgi Tomasson’s Soirees Musicales, set to Benjamin Britten, and the elegant and sleek The Fifth Season, set to music by Karl Jenkins, to round out these brilliant summer evenings of ballet’s stars under the stars.

SERENADE

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tarantella

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk

FOR PIXIE

Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Composer: Nina Simone

Soirees Musicales

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Benjamin Britten

THE FIFTH SEASON

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Composer: Karl Jenkins

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Dates: August 13 & 14, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Frost Amphitheater
Stanford University
351 Lasuen St.
Stanford, CA 94305

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BEHIND THE SCENES

ABOUT BALANCHINE’S SERENADE

Balanchine’s First Ballet Created in the US

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ABOUT BALANCHINE’S TARANTELLA

A Pas de Deux Full of Joie de Vivre

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WHO IS DANIELLE ROWE?

Meet the Choreographer Behind For Pixie and Wooden Dimes

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Starry Nights: SF Ballet's Return to the Stage

I
Serenade

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Wona Park, Jennifer Stahl
Luke Ingham, Wei Wang

Isabella DeVivo, Norika Matsuyama
Leili Rackow*, Julia Rowe

Kamryn Baldwin, Ludmila Bizalion, Samantha Bristow, Olivia Brothers
Megan Amanda Ehrlich, Gabriela Gonzalez, Anatalia Hordov, Ellen Rose Hummel
Elizabeth Mateer, Carmela Mayo, Swane Messaoudi, Lauren Parrott, Maggie Weirich

Estéban Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price, Jacob Seltzer, Mingxuan Wang

 

II
Tarantella

Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson and Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska

Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Natal’ya Feygina

Sasha De Sola, Esteban Hernandez

 

III
for pixie

Music: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Costume Design: Lauren Strongin
Lighting Design: Jim French

Dores André, Joseph Walsh

 

IV
soirÉes musicales

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Ann Beck
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton

Conductor: Martin West

Misa Kuranaga, Angelo Greco

 

V
the fifth season

Composer: Karl Jenkins
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola

Conductor: Martin West

The Fifth Season
Wona Park, Aaron Robison

Ellen Rose Hummel, Norika Matsuyama, Carmela Mayo, Lauren Parrott
Estéban Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price, Jacob Seltzer, Mingxuan Wang

Waltz
Sarah Van Patten, WanTing Zhao
Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

Romance
Wona Park, Aaron Robison

Tango
Sarah Van Patten
Aaron Robison, Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

Largo
WanTing Zhao, Tiit Helimets

Bits
Ensemble

I
Serenade

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

Conductor: Martin West

Frances Chung, Wona Park, Jennifer Stahl
Luke Ingham, Wei Wang

Isabella DeVivo, Norika Matsuyama
Leili Rackow*, Julia Rowe

Kamryn Baldwin, Ludmila Bizalion, Samantha Bristow, Olivia Brothers
Megan Amanda Ehrlich, Gabriela Gonzalez, Anatalia Hordov, Ellen Rose Hummel
Elizabeth Mateer, Carmela Mayo, Swane Messaoudi, Lauren Parrott, Maggie Weirich

Estéban Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price, Jacob Seltzer, Mingxuan Wang

 

II
Tarantella

Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson and Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska

Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Natal’ya Feygina

Sasha De Sola, Esteban Hernandez

 

III
for pixie

Music: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Costume Design: Lauren Strongin
Lighting Design: Jim French

Dores André, Joseph Walsh

 

IV
soirÉes musicales

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Ann Beck
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton

Conductor: Martin West

Misa Kuranaga, Angelo Greco

 

V
the fifth season

Composer: Karl Jenkins
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola

Conductor: Martin West

The Fifth Season
Wona Park, Aaron Robison

Thamires Chuvas, Ellen Rose Hummel, Norika Matsuyama, Lauren Parrott
Estéban Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price, Jacob Seltzer, Mingxuan Wang

Waltz
Sarah Van Patten, WanTing Zhao
Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

Romance
Wona Park, Aaron Robison

Tango
Sarah Van Patten
Aaron Robison, Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

Largo
WanTing Zhao, Tiit Helimets

Bits
Ensemble

MUSIC DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR
Martin West

VIOLIN I
Heidi Wilcox, Concertmaster
Robin Hansen, Associate Concertmaster
Brian Lee, Assistant Concertmaster
Mariya Borozina
Minsun Choi
Wenyi Shih

VIOLIN II
Laura Keller, Principal
Jeremy Preston, Associate Principal
Rebecca Jackson, Assistant Principal
Marianne Wagner
George Hayes

VIOLA
Yi Zhou, Principal
Anna Kruger, Associate Principal
Joy Fellows, Assistant Principal
Caroline Lee
Paul Ehrlich
Katherine Johnk

CELLO
Eric Sung, Principal
Jonah Kim, Associate Principal
Thalia Moore, Assistant Principal
Ruth Lane

CONTRABASS
Jonathan Lancelle, Principal
Shinji Eshima, Associate Principal
Mark Wallace, Assistant Principal

FLUTE/PICCOLO
Julie McKenzie, Principal
Stephanie McNab

OBOE
James Moore III, Principal
Gabriel Young

CLARINET
Andrew O’Donnell, Principal
Matthew Boyles

BASSOON
Rufus Olivier, Principal
Shawn Jones

HORN
Brian McCarty, Principal
Keith Green
Eric Achen, Associate Principal
William Klingelhoffer

TRUMPET
Joseph Brown, Principal
John Pearson

TROMBONE
Samuel Schlosser, Principal
Bruce Chrisp

BASS TROMBONE
Scott Thornton, Principal

TIMPANI
John Burgardt, Principal

PERCUSSION
David Rosenthal, Principal
Todd Manley
Tyler Mack

HARP
Annabelle Taubl, Principal

Orchestra Personnel Manager & Music Administrator
Tracy Davis

Music Librarian
Matthew Naughtin

*Denotes role debut in current production
‡Denotes role debut at San Francisco Ballet
†Denotes debut in current production

Starry Nights: SF Ballet’s Return to the Stage is made possible by Sponsors Sue and John Diekman, Nancy Kukacka, and Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.

Serenade

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

Conductor: Martin West

World Premiere: March 1, 1935—American Ballet, Adelphi Theater; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: April 18, 1952—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

© The George Balanchine Trust

Music: Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48. This performance of Serenade, a Balanchine© Ballet, is presented by arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style© and Balanchine Technique© service standards established and provided by the Trust. Costumes constructed by Barbara Matera, Ltd., New York, New York.


Tarantella

Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by: Helgi Tomasson and Sandra Jennings
Costume Design: after Karinska

Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Natal’ya Feygina

World Premiere: January 7, 1964—New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: August 3, 1986—Stern Grove Festival; San Francisco, California

© The George Balanchine Trust

Music: Grande Tarantelle, Op. 67, orchestrated by Hershy Kay; used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. This performance of Tarantella, a Balanchine© Ballet, is presented by arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style© and Balanchine Technique© service standards established and provided by the Trust. Costumes constructed by Sandra Woodall Costumes, San Francisco, California.


For Pixie

Music: Nina Simone
Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
Costume Design: Lauren Strongin
Lighting Design: Jim French

World Premiere: June 22, 2017—SFDanceworks, ODC Theater; San Francisco, California

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: January 16, 2020—San Francisco Ballet 87th Anniversary Gala, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: “Wild Is the Wind” by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington; © 1957, renewed 1985 Patti Washington Music (ASCAP), Catharine Hinen Music (ASCAP), Anne Rachel Music Corporation - Chappell & Co. Inc. (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved. Costume Construction by San Francisco Ballet Wardrobe Department.


SOIRÉES MUSICALES

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Ann Beck
Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton

Conductor: Martin West

World Premiere: February 5, 1996—San Francisco Ballet, Davies Symphony Hall; San Francisco, California

Music: “March,” “Canzonetta,” from Soirées Musicales, Op. 9; “Waltz” from Matinées Musicales, Op. 24; “Bolero,” “Tarantella” from Soirées Musicales, Op. 9; used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Costumes constructed by Ann Beck Dance and Specialty Costumes, San Francisco, California.


The Fifth Season

Composer: Karl Jenkins
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola

Conductor: Martin West

World Premiere: March 28, 2006—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

The 2006 world premiere of The Fifth Season was made possible by The Herbert Family and the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund of the SF Ballet Endowment Foundation.

Music: String Quartet No. 2 and “Largo” from Palladio, used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright holder. Costumes constructed by Birgit Pfeffer, Groveland, California. Handpainting by Connie Strayer, Los Altos, California.