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Lakeside Symphony Orchestra with Pointe of Departure Ballet

The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will perform its 13th concert with the Pointe of Departure Ballet Company in the Annual Iva M. Clark Memorial Concert at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in Hoover Auditorium. 

This exciting group of dancers, led by Karen Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez, will perform a delightful program including some of the most colorful dances in the ballet repertoire. The program will open with the Polovetsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor.”  Written for a full orchestra, the dances contain the exotic colors of Polovetsians, descendants from central Asia. 

Borodin borrowed much of the thematic material from dance melodies and choruses of these indigenous tribes. The audience will recognize this music, as some of the melodies have been used in several movies.

The equally famous Pas de Quatre (dance for four) by Cesare Pugni and the pas de deux (dance for two) by Ludwig Minkus will complete the first half of the program. Both dances are elegant in nature and are in complete contrast to the rhythmic dynamism of Borodin’s dances.

Music from Georges Bizet’s popular opera “Carmen” will open the second half of the program.  These Spanish dances are very colorful and full of passion, conveying the flavor and spirit of this southern European country.   

The “Flower Festival at Lenzano” is a delightful Danish ballet by Gustaf Hellsted and Holger Paulli. The scene takes place in a fictional location, probably similar to many festivals in Northern Europe. It is a piece scored for a smaller orchestra.

The program will close with the finale to Alexandre Glazouov’s “Raymonda,” an energetic whirling dance for the whole company.

Pointe of Departure Ballet is composed of nine dancers. The dancers include, Ramon Moreno (Cuba), Maykel Solas (Cuba), Jing Zhang (China), Junna Ige (Japan) Akira Takahashi (Japan), Damir Emric (Bosnia), and American dancers Amy Marie Briones, Gabay and Rodriguez.

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