Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp
Accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles conducting
Along with Pacific Coast Chorale
City Ballet of San Diego will close this exciting season with two thrilling ballets by its extremely talented Resident Choreographers Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez. These ballets are sure to enchant and excite – a program not to be missed.
Dates and Times
Friday, May 11, 2018 – 8:00pm Directors Circle Sold Out!
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – 2:00 pm
Free Lecture by Artistic Director Steven Wistrich ½ Hour Prior to each Performance
or Call City Ballet’s Box Office to Order at 858-272-8663
Spreckels Theater in Downtown San Diego
121 Broadway, Downtown San Diego
It is Manhattan Island, New York City in 1929. The beating heart of the city is the Edison stock ticker. Bankers and brokers swing their chorus girls to the lively jazz band as their wives raise their children at home. The World Premiere of Geoffrey Gonzalez’s Carmina Burana, based on true events, will transport the audience to a tragic moment in American history. The end of the roaring 20’s and the beginning of the greatest financial crisis of the 20th century. Examining closely a story of how the temptations of the era lead to One losing everything and being collected by the Empress of Fortune.
Carmina Burana was composed in 1936 by German composer Carl Orff and based on twenty-four 13th century poems of medieval monks. The poems cover a wide range of topics, familiar then as they are now – the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust. Some parts are sung in Latin and some parts are sung in German. The work was intended as a staged work involving dance, but the piece is usually performed in concert halls as a cantata.
City Ballet’s new production, choreographed by Resident Choreographer Geoff Gonzalez, is a thrilling collaboration between dancers, singers and orchestra, set to Carl Orff’s heart-pounding score, accompanied by live music provided by The City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of conductor John Nettles and more than one hundred voices from Pacific Coast Chorale.
Pacific Coast Choral Director and Soloists
Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp
Mozart’s lively, but ethereal score inspired Elizabeth Wistrich to create a neo-classical ballet showcase, showing the beautiful classical skills of City Ballet’s dancers, laced with exciting virtuoso passages and a light, airy feeling. This ballet will charm and entertain you.
Special Thanks to Our Season Sponsor
Financial support for City Ballet is provided in part by the City of San Diego
Commission for Arts and Culture.