Nutcracker Under the Dome

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This holiday season, join us as we take our iconic Nutcracker to new heights… literally! Beginning this week, visitors to Westfield San Francisco Centre’s historic Dome will see it transformed each evening into a state-of-the-art surround theater, with a free, six-minute animated 3D light spectacular—inspired by SF Ballet’s production of Nutcracker

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San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker Under the Dome brings the most-beloved moments from Nutcracker to life on the Dome’s architecture, projecting our dancers’ forms onto this unique space to create a 360o immersive experience for the audience standing under it. This truly is ballet on the big screen—the Dome’s interior surface area is 11,781 square feet, making it nearly three times the size of a standard IMAX screen. So, how was it done? Read More »

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Hello Everyone,

Things are going great here at SF Ballet. Last month, World Ballet Day had a very positive response from dancers and dance supporters all over the globe. Personally it was insightful to see into the studios and rehearsals of four other companies around the world. The social media aspect of World Ballet day was a great success and it seemed like many younger aspiring dancers were able to connect with me and with many other dancers through Facebook and Instagram.

In the studios right now we’ve been rehearsing for Yuri Possokhov’s world premiere, and needless to say it is always a pleasure working with him–this piece is one that you are not going to want to miss! He is so creative and we always have a great time. Besides Yuri’s world premiere, the wom Read More »

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Writing Ballet Music: A Handbook

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About me: I studied violin performance, music theory, and composition at Northwestern University and earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 1970. I’ve been the music librarian of the SF Ballet Orchestra since 1997 and have served in the same capacity for the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Colorado Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and the Omaha Symphony. I’m also a composer and arranger.

I’ve done orchestral arrangements for SF Ballet productions and my original compositions and arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles have gained wide recognition. When I became music librarian of the SF Ballet orchestra in September 1997, I ventured into a strange and wondrous new world whose language and customs I didn’t understand, but which I have come to love deeply. I had been performing (as a violinist) and working as a music librarian with symphony orchestras for 27 years when I arrived in San Francisco from Nebraska, but I knew next to nothing about ballet and ballet music. Read More »

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Working with Houston Ballet

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Recently, I received an invitation from Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch, to see if I would be interested in going to Houston during our October lay-off here at SF Ballet. The timing could not have been better, so I said yes. I had been Stanton’s ballet master for a ballet he created for us here at SF Ballet, so he knows my work well. Read More »

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