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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Utah Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem — What’s Not to Like?

April 10, 2010
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This weekend, the Utah Symphony presented Verdi’s Requiem. I had no idea what it was, but I knew it involved the Utah Symphony, a large chorus, and 4 soloists – a soprano, a mezzo-soprano, a tenor, and a bass baritone. Oh, and I presumed it would not be in English. There is so much about Verdi’s Requiem that I absolutely loved. The music, the singers, the orchestration – it was all amazing!







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Ballet West’s Swan Lake Simply Stunning

February 24, 2010
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As Ballet West’s Artistic Director, Adam Sklute takes an idea, molds it and presents his labor of love to the ballet patrons of Salt Lake City. As the curtain rises at the Capitol Theatre, the question he likely asks is, “will you see it as I see it?” I answer, how can I not? Adam Sklute clearly has a vision for Ballet West, and I believe it is to bring out the best in the dancers and to bring the best productions to Salt Lake City and beyond.







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Keith Lockhart Leads Utah Symphony with an Inspiring Walton and Smetana

February 23, 2010
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Keith Lockhart returned to Salt Lake City this month to conduct two weeks of performances with the Utah Symphony that include works by Walton, Smetana, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Cellist Julie Albers performed Walton’s Cello Concerto flawlessly, and Smetana’s Má Vlast inspired me. The Utah Symphony musicians played their hearts out and it was a pleasure to see Maestro Lockhart lead the symphony through this amazing work.







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Ballet West’s Nutcracker Delights Generations

December 28, 2009
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December is a wonderful time to go to the ballet. At no other time during the year will you see more children embracing the love of the ballet as they are exposed to the artistry of dance, music and the imagination of the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is where dreams begin, and for the parents and grandparents sitting alongside their little dreamers, it is a dream shared through generations.







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