Save the date : SF Ballet and SF Girls Chorus come to LFSF
NOV 01 | 6PM
Join us for a night celebrating performing arts when our school's theater lends its stage to local partners : the San Francisco ballet and the SF Girl Chorus.
LFSF IS HONORED TO WELCOME THE SF GIRLS CHORUS
Stunning range, flexibility, drama, and power are among the hallmarks of the 41-year-old San Francisco Girls Chorus’s Premier Ensemble, recognized as one of the world’s leading youth vocal ensembles. Led by Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the Premier Ensemble has achieved an incomparable sound that underscores the unique clarity and force of impeccably trained treble voices.
Praised by Gramophone Magazine as a “remarkable tapestry of teenage voices,” SFGC has been a champion of the music of our time since its founding, having commissioned more than three dozen works by leading composers including Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour, Aaron Jay Kernis, Gabriel Kahane, Augusta Read Thomas, and Chen Yi. In February 2018, SFGC released its most recent album, Final Answer, on Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label. The album features Kronos Quartet, includes works by nine living composers, among them Philip Glass, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lisa Bielawa, John Zorn, and Gabriel Kahane. The Premier Ensemble has been recipient of numerous music industry awards, including five GRAMMY Awards, four ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America.
...AND TO WELCOME BACK TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET!
SF Ballet School Trainees will be presenting three works:
- "In Memory of Forgetting," a new work choreographed by San Francisco Ballet corps de ballet member Alexandre Cagnat
- "Heliotrope," a new work choreographed by San Francisco Ballet School faculty member Dana Genshaft
- "Twilight," a pas de deux choreographed by San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson
More about the Trainee program:
Established in 2004, the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program is comprised of students ranging in age from 15 to 19 who hail from across the globe. Prospective Trainees are chosen from the School’s most advanced level by School Director Patrick Armand and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. The goal of this pre-professional program is to help ease the dancers’ transition from the studio classroom to the professional stage. Trainees participate in technique classes taught by Mr. Armand, School Faculty, and Company Artists. Trainees also have the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own works as well as rehearse with established choreographers and perform classical and contemporary repertoire. These unique experiences are provided within a small, nurturing environment which allow for personal attention to each individual dancer. On average, Trainees present twelve performances a year throughout the Bay Area and participate in the annual SF Ballet School Student Showcase. Trainees are involved in Company productions such as Tomasson’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake among others. After completing the Program, Trainees go on to join San Francisco Ballet as well as many other renowned companies.
San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. Founded in 1933, the company staged the first full-length American productions of Coppélia (1938) and Swan Lake (1940) and, in 1944, we launched an annual holiday tradition when we produced the first full-length production of Nutcracker in the US.
Led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet is accompanied by its own orchestra and operates one of the country’s most prestigious schools of ballet. Today we build on our heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from today’s top choreographers, by uncovering new choreographic talent, and by staging modern classics and the works that make up the canon of classic ballet. Our approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes San Francisco Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.Last year’s visit of the SF Ballet trainees in the TLF. Below the new group of trainees.