San Francisco Ballet, the first professional ballet company in America, was also one of the first dance companies to have its own, permanent body of musicians. Founded in October 1975, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra celebrates its 30th anniversary this season with a special community concert at the War Memorial Opera House, Sunday, April 24 at 2 pm.
Conducted by Music Director & Principal Conductor Andrew Mogrelia, the 30th Anniversary Celebration includes Stravinksky≠s Divertimento, The Fairy Kiss, R. Strauss≠ Oboe Concerto, and Schumann≠s Symphony No. 2.
Tickets are $10 each. Net proceeds will benefi t San Francisco Ballet≠s community outreach programs.
The oboe soloist for the Strauss is Liang Wang, principal oboist of the ballet. He has also recently been named associate principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony, a position he begins soon. I’ve heard wonderful things about his playing.
At $10 a ticket how can you miss something like this?
(Well, okay, I will have to miss it: I have opera. But PLEASE, students, go to this concert if you are able!)