San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Musical Director Martin West (© Erik Tomasson)
“Every performance is different when we have different dancers dancing. We phrase with them. We breathe with them. That cannot be done without an orchestra that understands the nature of dance…”
- Martin West, music director and principal conductor
Now celebrating its 40th year, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra provides the music for extraordinary dance to take place on the War Memorial Opera House stage. Flexibility and nuance are essential to play the diverse range of SF Ballet’s repertory. The 49 seasoned Ballet Orchestra members are sharply attuned to the dancers’ needs and are always ready to adapt their phrasing and tempo in ways that their traditional symphony orchestra counterparts would never dream.
This marriage of music and dance would not be possible without a skilled permanent group of SF Ballet musicians. Your support is integral to continue this legacy at San Francisco Ballet. From the Orchestra’s 1975 establishment through today and beyond, our generous patrons continue to make possible the gorgeous live music that supports our dancers.
Join Friends of San Francisco Ballet as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the SF Ballet Orchestra.
Make your gift before December 31 to take full advantage of your 2015 tax benefits, and enjoy invitations to members-only events, priority access to tickets, and more great benefits to enhance your experience of the upcoming 2016 Season!