Ballet West in Perfect Form with Carmina Burana, The Four Temperaments

November 12, 2010
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Ballet West opened its 2010-2011 season with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Carmina Burana. The two ballets were an interesting pairing that worked very well. The Four Temperaments presented dancers portraying the four humors (basic substances in the body that were once said to make up our state of health), and Carmina Burana is meant to portray life’s Wheel of Fortune with celebration, love, desire, despair and fate. Each ballet touches upon the core of humanity, reaching directly into our soul.







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St. Paul’s Choir of Salt Lake City Performs Dvořák’s Requiem

November 11, 2010
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St. Paul’s Choir of Salt Lake City’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church performed Dvořák’s Requiem. Before the concert, Peter Christie had talked to me about how meaningful this event was to him, as it was not just a concert but a requiem incorporated into an actual Mass. I was at a church service where a requiem was intended to be heard.







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Thierry Fischer and Utah Symphony’s ‘Fireworks’ Begin 2010-11 Season with a Bang

September 24, 2010
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The Utah Symphony’s 2010-11 season officially began two weeks ago, but for most, the season truly begins with new Music Director Thierry Fischer taking the podium for the first time this weekend. In his first season as the new Music Director, Fischer has been heralded as the man who is going to bring the Utah Symphony to new heights.







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Ballet West Academy’s Spring Performance Displays a Rich Garden of Talent

June 11, 2010
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The first dance of the Ballet West Academy Spring Performance was called Retro Shifts. As I sat and watched this intriguing, thoughtful and quietly expressive dance, the word that kept popping into my head was ‘brilliant’. The Ballet West Academy, its administration and staff have to be commended on their hard work. The relationships they have formed with each other and their dancers shows in the quality of their dancers, performances and productions.







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The Brilliance of Ballet West and Balanchine’s America

May 11, 2010
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As the curtain raised for Ballet West’s Serenade, the first sound I heard was my own; I caught my breath. And I wasn’t the only one; In unison, the audience inhaled a silent ‘ahh’, which was immediately followed by applause. The combination of Maestro Terence Kern and the Utah Chamber Orchestra’s Serenade for Strings (Tchaikovsky) and the ethereal Ballet West dancers bathed in blue was simply breathtaking. Such serenity, such beauty. It was my favorite ballet moment ever.







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