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Meet the Artist: Rufus Olivier

Meet the Artist: Rufus Olivier

Balanchine and Prokofiev from the Principal Bassoon Player’s Perspective

Rufus Olivier, Principal Bassoon Player in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, reminisces engagingly about his nearly 40 years with the Orchestra. He describes Program 04—the “Must-See Balanchine” works—as a “dream” for the bassoon, with featured parts in Stravinsky Violin Concerto, the Prokofiev accompanying Prodigal Son, as well as the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29, which accompanies Diamonds.

George Balanchine’s Jewels is part of SF Ballet’s 2021 Digital Season. It will be performed in Program 04, streaming April 1–21.

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Header Image: Rufus Olivier // © Chris Hardy