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 Post subject: San Francisco's Gala casting is up
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:39 pm 
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Program and casting for San Francisco's Gala is up:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 8pm

TARANTELLA
Conductor: Martin West
Piano: Michael McGraw

Frances Chung*, Daniel Deivison*

PAS DE DEUX from POLYPHONIA
Piano: Michael McGraw

Katita Waldo, Ivan Popov*

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX
Conductor: Martin West

Tina LeBlanc, Nicolas Blanc*

CONFIDENCIAS
Piano: Roy Bogas

Lorena Feijoo*

EXCERPT from GISELLE, ACT II
Conductor: Martin West

Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets

EXCERPTS from DOUBLE EVIL
Music: Tape

Elana Altman, Pauli Magierek, Dores Andre, Maria Kochetkova
Anthony Spaulding, James Sofranko, Pascal Molat, Garen Scribner

INTERMISSION

RAYMONDA PAS DE DEUX
Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova*, Joan Boada*

PAS DE DEUX from IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED
Music: Tape

Sofiane Sylve*, Tiit Helimets*

PAS DE DEUX from LE CORSAIRE
Conductor: Martin West

Vanessa Zahorian, Taras Domitro

MEN'S REGIMENT and FINALE from STARS AND STRIPES
Conductor: Martin West

Pascal Molat*
Rachel Viselli*, Hansuke Yamamoto*
Elizabeth Miner*
Lily Rogers*

The program is certainly wide-ranging. I'd really like to see Francis Chung in Tarantella, but I'm out of town. I find her dancing very clean and energetic: perfect for Tarantella.


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And her partner Daniel will be GREAT in that role.


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Immigration protest at S.F. Ballet gala
Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, January 22, 2009

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The protesters were among thousands of activists who converged on Washington and other cities, from San Jose to Chicago, to remind President Obama on his first day in office of his commitment to allow illegal immigrants to earn legal status and to call for a moratorium on immigration raids.

"With the new administration, there's hope; that's why we're here," said protester Lulu Rodriguez, 28. Organizers said the protest was timed to the president's first day in office, not to disrupt the Ballet event.

As Ballet supporters sipped wine in the City Hall rotunda, the voices of the protesters singing Mexican folk songs outside the mayor's office echoed off the building's stone walls.


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The SF Chronicle has posted some initial images from the Gala here.

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There are some truly terrible images in that bunch.

And what was Mrs. Newsom thinking? That dress does NOTHING for her decolletage.


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Good grief, and to think what these women pay for some ghastly dresses!

Maria Kotchetkova sure looks great, I hope to see her in Swan Lake. Frances Chung and Daniel Deivison look cute.


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Ballet makes a patriotic pointe
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent
Friday, January 23, 2009

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And so it was at the Ballet's 76th season opening: the guys in their feathered parade hats twirling, the girls bedecked in red, white and blue saluting, the American flag rising as the crowd clapped along to John Philip Sousa marches.

What better way to celebrate a new era than with one of the most satisfying Ballet kickoffs in recent memory? After several seasons bogged down by the pomp and ponderousness of big anniversaries, the programming Wednesday was sprightly, the star turns mostly sparkling. This was also the first time in many a tendu that women outshone men in a troupe often accused of allowing male talent to eclipse its ballerinas.

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The glitter and the glam at S.F. Ballet gala
Carolyne Zinko,Sylvia Rubin, Chronicle Staff Writers
Friday, January 23, 2009
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What is customarily the most populated event of the Ballet season - its gala fundraising dinner Wednesday - was one of the most lightly attended in recent memory, thanks to the presidential inauguration, a forthcoming sister-city mission in Paris and the Davos summit, and, primarily, the bum economy.

Last year, some 1,200 guests paid at the highest levels - grand benefactors, benefactors and patrons - to attend the preshow dinner at City Hall. Wednesday, the number paying from $1,000 to $3,700 a ticket at the fete hovered at 750, a 37 percent drop from last year, Ballet officials confirmed.

That's still a lot of people spending top dollar, and it was anticipated that the event would net $850,000 for education programs and the Ballet school, said Glenn McCoy, executive director of the Ballet. Other good news in the eye of the fiscal storm: The Ballet's endowment campaign, announced on gala night, has reached $44 million, some $20 million more than the goal.

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Catherine Pawlick's review is posted in the 2009 season topic. Find it here.

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