CITY BALLET of San Diego Presents “Mozart’s Requiem” Backed by Full Orchestra and Chorus

Program also includes “four PAIR” and the world premiere of “Battu”

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CITY BALLET OF SAN DIEGO, under the direction of Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, closes its 26th Anniversary Season during the Mother’s Day weekend with a full-company, large scale interpretation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final composition “Requiem,” performed with full orchestra and an 80-voice chorus.

Performances are Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm, Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 pm, at the historic Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego.

The program showcases contemporary ballet works by City Ballet of San Diego’s Resident Choreographers, Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez, including the popular four PAIR to Claude Debussy’s romantic music featuring four beautiful duets and the world-premiere of Battu to a percussion score by Geoff Gonzalez, plus Elizabeth Wistrich’s dramatic Mozart’s Requiem. This production makes a perfect gift for mom during the Mother’s Day weekend.

“The Spreckels Theatre is the ideal venue for this performance,” stated John Nettles, City Ballet of San Diego Music Director. “The theater’s acoustics are ideal for live orchestra and chorus with the power of Mozart’s score enveloping the audience and drawing everyone into this remarkable ballet performance.”  Mozart’s Requiem is paired with two offerings by Geoff Gonzalez: four PAIR, featuring duets performed by City Ballet dance artists to the music of Claude Debussy and the world-premiere Battu danced to a single drum. “This production literally surrounds the audience with art – dancers, musicians and chorus – the making of a most memorable experience,” says Artistic Director Steven Wistrich.

The Saturday evening, May 11 performance is followed with an on-stage champagne reception. During the reception, patrons will meet City Ballet dance artists and gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of presenting contemporary ballet. A limited number of on-stage reception tickets are available when ordering performance tickets.

One-half hour prior to each performance Artistic Director Steven Wistrich offers a FREE short lecture giving audience members a more insightful experience of the ballet performances.

PROGRAM NOTES

four PAIR
Choreography by Geoff Gonzalez
Music by Claude Debussy
This ballet was choreographed as a series of four duets to the other worldly music of Claude Debussy showcasing the talents of eight City Ballet dance artists. One of the duets features the evocative Clair de Lune, and all are accompanied by a pianist on stage with the dancers.

Battu
World Premiere
Choreography by Geoff Gonzalez
Music by Nicolous Martinclow
San Diego audiences know that a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Geoff Gonzalez is an event not to be missed. This new ballet will again keep the audience on the edge of their seats, thoroughly engaged and wondering what breathtaking image will appear next.

Mozart’s Requiem
Choreography by Elizabeth Wistrich
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Elizabeth Wistrich’s haunting version of Mozart’s final composition features a large cast of the company’s dancers, the City Ballet Orchestra and the 80-voice Pacific Coast Chorale, conducted by John Nettles. Cutting edge choreography, both robust and dramatic, striking costumes and lighting bring audiences to their feet wanting more.

Approximate Run Time:  2 hours, with one 20-minute intermission
Programming, musical selections, and artists are subject to change without notice.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

VENUE
All performances are at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego.

TICKETS
Tickets are $30-$89. Students, Seniors and Military can purchase discounted tickets of $5 off regular price.
Purchase online at: www.cityballet.org or through Ticketmaster

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PRE-CONCERT LECTURES
Prior to each performance is a free pre-concert lecture for ticket holders with Artistic Director Steven Wistrich.

Tickets and information: City Ballet Box Office: (858) 272-8663
www.cityballet.org

 

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