September 27, 2012

Press Releases


Ballet San Jose performing to Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. Photo by Robert Shomler

Ballet San Jose performing to Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. Photo by Robert Shomler

WHAT: Ballet San Jose’s Inaugural Gala, featuring a one-night-only program of performances by Ballet San Jose, with live orchestral accompaniment by Symphony Silicon Valley and featuring acclaimed guest musical artists.
WHEN: Saturday, November 3rd. Cocktail Reception and Dinner at 5pm. Ballet performance immediately following at 8pm. Post-performance party with live music and dancing to conclude the evening.
WHERE: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard (corner of Park Avenue) in downtown San Jose
CELEBRITY CHEF: Gala dinner designed by Executive Chef Peter Armellino of The Plumed Horse.
PRICE:  $1,000 per person ($800 of which is tax deductible) for the entire evening; Ballet Performance only: $45 to $125; Post Party:  A very limited number of Post-Performance Party tickets are available at $125 to subscribers and $175 to non-subscribers.
TICKETS: Erica Dessenberger, Ballet San Jose Development Office, 408.288.2820 x 213 or visit Ballet San Jose’s website for order form.
WHY: To raise support for Ballet San Jose’s Live Music Fund and its arts education program, “Music and Motion.” Proceeds of the event directly support the inclusion of live musical accompaniment for Ballet San Jose’s annual performances of The Nutcracker and repertory season, a critical element in elevating the performance experience for artists and audience members alike. “Music and Motion” brings the joy of music and dance directly to the classroom in underserved elementary schools in Santa Clara County by providing introductory ballet classes to live musical accompaniment, along with supplemental materials designed to encourage continuing exploration of the performing arts.


On Saturday, November 3, Ballet San Jose presents a unique evening of bravura ballet and virtuoso music, including a preview of works to be performed during its upcoming season and an encore performance of Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, which was received with great acclaim by audiences and critics alike during last spring’s repertory season. The gala heralds the return of live music to Ballet SJ’s orchestra pit, as Symphony Silicon Valley takes its place as resident orchestra for this performance, and the entire season to follow, under the baton of recently appointed Ballet SJ Music Director and Conductor George Daugherty.

The Gala evening begins with an elegant cocktail reception and dinner for Gala Benefactors in a beautiful 50’ x 150’ Clear Top Tent awash in hues of chestnut, red and copper by designer Genevieve Brisebois-Molat.

The one-night-only gala performance follows in the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts featuring the entire Ballet SJ company of dancers, and the extraordinary talents of critically acclaimed international concert violinist Rachel Lee; renowned soprano Kristin Clayton, a star of both San Francisco Opera and Teatro ZinZanni; and the Golden Gate Boys Choir Master Singers, all accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley. An added bonus will be the onstage gala debut of approximately 100 students from Ballet SJ School’s pre-professional division, in the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, staged by School Principal Dalia Rawson.

After the performance, all Gala Benefactors are invited to continue the evening’s celebration with the dancers and other artists at a post-performance party, featuring live music, dancing, refreshments, and desserts.

The Gala, including cocktail reception, dinner, premium performance seating, and post-party is $1,000 per person, $800 of which is tax deductible.  Tickets to the performance only are available and range from $45 to $125. A limited number of tickets to the post-party are also available at $125 for Ballet San Jose subscribers and $175 for non-subscribers. Proceeds from the events benefit Ballet San Jose’s arts education program for local schools, “Music and Motion” and help fund live music for the entire season of productions.

“I am very excited about this gala on so many different levels,” said Ballet San Jose Artistic Advisor Wes Chapman, “First of all, this spectacular evening not only celebrates – and helps perpetuate — the return of a full, live orchestra to Ballet San Jose’s orchestra pit, but also the rebirth – the renaissance – of this exceptional company as one of the Bay Area’s preeminent performing arts institutions, and one of America’s major ballet companies.  I am also thrilled by the diversity of ballets, music, and performers to be spotlighted during the gala.”

Ballet San Jose Music Director and Conductor George Daugherty added, “Not only will our gala audience be treated to extraordinary dancers and choreography, but also world-class musicians. Rachel Lee is undoubtedly the most exciting young American concert violinist to have emerged on the world stage in the past few years, and Kristin Clayton is an exquisite soprano whose voice and artistry are pure magic. When you add to this the full force of Symphony Silicon Valley, and the wonderful Golden Gate Boys Choir, there is a depth of music and musicians being showcased here that one does not normally find on your usual ballet gala.”

World-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman had this to say about his protégé Rachel Lee’s appearance at the gala, “Rachel Lee is a terrific violinist who plays with true musicianship and artistry. This exciting, wonderful young performer will undoubtedly bring great pleasure to her audience.”

Tickets to the Gala are available by calling Erica Dessenberger, Ballet San Jose Development Office, 408.288.2820 x 213 or online as before, for an order form. Performance-only tickets are also available by calling the Ballet Box Office: 408.288.2800.

Gala Committee Chair is Elizabeth Hutter, PsyD. of Los Altos Hills.
Gala Committee Members include: Julie Arnheim and JJ Harris of Los Altos Hills, Blanche Shaheen of Los Altos, and Margaret Miller of Palo Alto.

THE PROGRAM: Performances by Ballet San Jose, BSJ Music Director and Conductor George Daugherty and Symphony Silicon Valley, with special musical guest artists Rachel Lee, Kristin Clayton, and the Golden Gate Boys Choir Master Singers.

  • Overture to “L’enfant      Prodigue” by Auber. (From the music to Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous.)
  • “Waltz of the Flowers”      from Ballet SJ’s all-new production of The Nutcracker with      choreography by Karen Gabay, set to the music of Peter Ilyitch      Tchaikovsky.
  • Sir Frederick Ashton’s Thaïs      Pas de Deux, staged by Bruce Sansom, set to the “Meditation”      from Thaïs by Jules Massenet.
  • Lacrymosa by      Edward Stierle, staged by Parrish Maynard. Danced to the Lacrimosa      movement from Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 262) featuring the      Golden Gate Boys Choir Master Singers and soprano Kristin Clayton.
  • Don Quixote Pas de Deux staged      by Wes Chapman after Marius Petipa, set to the music of Ludwig Minkus.
  • “Grand Polonaise” from The      Sleeping Beauty staged by Dalia Rawson and performed by the      Pre-Professional Division of Ballet San Jose School. Music by Peter Ilyitch      Tchaikovsky.
  • The finale of George      Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, staged by Elyse Borne, set to the      music of John Philip Sousa.


  • Soprano Kristin Clayton      performing “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from “La Rondine” by      Puccini.
  • Clark Tippet’s      full-company work choreographed to Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1,      featuring Rachel Lee as violin soloist.
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