Open Classical Chamber Choir performs Britten’s celebrated work with Ballet Dallas
Open Classical Director Mark Landson leads a 12 voice female chorus in Benjamin Britten’s celebrated Christmas work, Ceremony of Carols with Ballet Dallas at the Eisemann Theater. The choreography is a resetting of Robert Beard’s 1977 work, and is the first time it has ever been performed to live music. Mr. Beard is a former Martha Graham company member and legendary SMU professor of dance.
Written for women’s choir and harp, the program featuring Ceremony of Carols will be a wonderfully festive way to celebrate the season.
Also on the program, favorite excerpts of The Nutcracker are performed by an ensemble combining Ballet Dallas with their youth company, CBD Youth Performing Ensemble. Clara’s Dream presents the wonder as Clara takes us to the Land of Sweets. The piece is staged by Allison Watson-Festner and features choreography by Mrs. Watson-Festner, Carter Alexander and Adrian Aguirre. Experience the dances of Arabian, Spanish, Chinese, Mirlitons, the Sugar Plum Fairy & more!
Guest Choreographer Carter Alexander also premieres a work set to Antonio Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons. Mr. Alexander’s work fuses contemporary with ballet for six dancers and incites all the excitement and flurry of Winter! Additionally, the program features a piece by local choreographer Laura Pearson which summons the new beginnings that the holiday season inspires in us all.
Performers for Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
Mark Landson, conductor
Alison Read, harp
Alissa Roca, soprano
Nicole Wallace, soprano
Hannah Ceniseros, mezzo-soprano
Allison Stanford, soprano
Nina Polachek, soprano
Emily Killinger, soprano
Robin Willis, mezzo-soprano
Charlotte Leinhos, soprano
Catherine Raible, soprano
Courtney Stancil, soprano
Francine Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Christine Zimmerman, mezzo-soprano