I am amazed that more than 130 Ballet West dancers came together to present a showcase of seven works in a mere 60 minutes. Ballet West not only Dares Us To Dream, it encourages bringing every would-be dancer’s dream to life. The hour long Gala was a celebration of dance and music. How lucky we are to have these artists encouraging us to “let go” and be enchanted for an evening.
In October, the Boston Symphony Orchestra presented all nine Beethoven Symphonies, a cycle not performed by the BSO since Serge Koussevitzky programmed it in 1927 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Beethoven’s death. This year, Maestro James Levine presented his first complete Beethoven cycle at Boston’s Symphony Hall. They were amazing!
On October 20th, world renowned Soprano Renee Fleming returned to her Alma Mater Juilliard to give her first New York Master Class. A benefit for Juilliard, the event also marked the re-dedication of the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Fleming’s words of wisdom come in the form of her own experience; Fleming says she is and will always be a student, and that she hasn’t mastered anything yet!
Salt Lake City’s Ballet West opened its 2009-2010 season with The Dream. Artistic Director Adam Sklute chose three diverse works for the season’s first program; Songs of the Valley, Three Preludes and The Dream. It was a wonderful performance accompanied by the music of Copland, Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn!
BYU School of Music Professor and Associate Director Geralyn Giovannetti gave a faculty oboe recital at Madsen Recital Hall at Brigham Young University on September 29th. Accompanying Giovannetti on piano was Jed Moss, and bassoonist Christian Smith joined Moss and Giovannetti for Francis Poulenc’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon.
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