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    Event Name: Winter's Gifts... Bells - Holiday Concert
    Article: Annual 'Winter's Gifts' orchestral-choral collaboration adds handbells this year
    San Jose Mercury News - Dec 20, 2010
    By Richard Scheinin

    Despite the weekend's deluge, the seventh annual "Winter's Gifts" holiday program was a sellout Sunday night at Mission Santa Clara. Folks have grown smitten with this inventive musical event, a collaboration of the San Jose Chamber Orchest… Expand

    Despite the weekend's deluge, the seventh annual "Winter's Gifts" holiday program was a sellout Sunday night at Mission Santa Clara. Folks have grown smitten with this inventive musical event, a collaboration of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the San Jose-based chorus known as the Choral Project, whose 40 voices caress the ears -- a sonic loving touch. Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: The Nutcracker of Ballet S.J... Exceeded All Expectations
    Cultural World - Dec 17, 2010
    By Iride Aparicio

    Ballet San Jose’s “The Nutcracker” with its unique concept and choreography by its Artistic Director Dennis Nahat, has been, for several years one of the most magical "Nutcrackers" presented by any ballet company. It is also the only “N… Expand

    Ballet San Jose’s “The Nutcracker” with its unique concept and choreography by its Artistic Director Dennis Nahat, has been, for several years one of the most magical "Nutcrackers" presented by any ballet company. It is also the only “Nutcracker” that relates the story of a Russian prince that, as a baby, was kidnapped by a Mouse King and converted into a wooden doll shaped like a nutcracker. It took another magician, Godfather Drosselmeyer, who apparently knew his story, to bring the nutcracker/prince as a gift to Maria Tannenbaun, his favorite godchild, one Christmas Eve.... (Click link for rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Ballet San Jose works its magic with seasonal classic
    SanJose.com - Dec 16, 2010
    By Jeanie K. Smith

    ’Tis the season for Nutcrackers, and the Bay Area has many to choose from. If you want something refreshingly different that retains all the beauty and wonder of the tradition, make it to the Nutcracker produced by Ballet San Jose. Dennis Nahat has k… Expand

    ’Tis the season for Nutcrackers, and the Bay Area has many to choose from. If you want something refreshingly different that retains all the beauty and wonder of the tradition, make it to the Nutcracker produced by Ballet San Jose. Dennis Nahat has kept the traditional story of a young girl and her nutcracker Prince, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, but reimagined the scenario as she travels with him in a magical dream world. The result is a delightfully original staging.... (Click link for rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Review: Ballet San Jose Nutcracker
    Stark Insider - Dec 13, 2010
    By Cy Ashley Webb

    Ballet San Jose’s Nutcracker is an honest take on the classic story that relies more on the virtuosity of its performers than on flash-and-glitz. That’s not to say that this production lacks the lush staging that we demand, opening as it does with t… Expand

    Ballet San Jose’s Nutcracker is an honest take on the classic story that relies more on the virtuosity of its performers than on flash-and-glitz. That’s not to say that this production lacks the lush staging that we demand, opening as it does with the moiré wallpapered Victorian parlor of the Tannenbaum family. However, Dennis Nahat has been at this quite a while and he keeps getting better and better. If the Nutcracker itself has gotten old, Nahat keeps his audience on their toes, both by the artistry of his dancers and by the introduction of suspense and visual gags running throughout the entire story.... (Click link for rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Review of Ballet San Jose's Nutcracker
    BayDance.com - Dec 12, 2010
    By Michael Phelan

    Last evening's opening night of Ballet San Jose's 2010 Nutcracker drew a near-full house. Before curtain, fans were entertained in the lobby by the kind of extra touches that this Company typically provides at special events, such as carolers and cos… Expand

    Last evening's opening night of Ballet San Jose's 2010 Nutcracker drew a near-full house. Before curtain, fans were entertained in the lobby by the kind of extra touches that this Company typically provides at special events, such as carolers and costumed characters. The performance was tied to the City's adjacent "Christmas in the Park" fair, which attracted a huge crowd... This is a humorous and very entertaining Nutcracker, a warm and friendly family experience performed with skill and style....
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    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Ballet San Jose's staging of 'The Nutcracker' shines
    San Jose Mercury News - Dec 12, 2010
    By Rita Felciano

    Ballet San Jose's "The Nutcracker" is like friends you haven't seen in a while. The minute they walk into the house, you remember why you liked them. Artistic Director Dennis Nahat's splendid take on the holiday classic is such a friend. Ch… Expand

    Ballet San Jose's "The Nutcracker" is like friends you haven't seen in a while. The minute they walk into the house, you remember why you liked them. Artistic Director Dennis Nahat's splendid take on the holiday classic is such a friend. Choreographed in 1979, its charm, wit and celebration of family and a little girl's dream of meeting her Prince Charming are alive and well....(Click link for rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Ballet San Jose offers homespun 'Nutcracker'
    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 11, 2010
    By Allan Ulrich

    Any setting of "Nutcracker" worth the price of admission will quickly reveal evidence of its individual identity. The soul of Ballet San Jose's version, revived Saturday evening at the Center for the Performing Arts, may be found in the flo… Expand

    Any setting of "Nutcracker" worth the price of admission will quickly reveal evidence of its individual identity. The soul of Ballet San Jose's version, revived Saturday evening at the Center for the Performing Arts, may be found in the flocked burgundy wallpaper that envelops the Tannenbaums' living-room. Dennis Nahat's 1979 version emphasizes comfortable family values of a more guileless era and the educational possibilities of international travel. No waltzing candy canes or floral ensembles here, but plenty of homey charm and generous classical dancing....
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    Event Name: The Turn of the Screw
    Article: 112 Years Later "Turn of the Screw" inspires
    StarkInsider - Nov 08, 2010
    By Cy Ashley WEbb

    Halloween hasn’t ended yet at the Dragon, where they close their tenth anniversary with Turn of the Screw. As ghost stories go, TOTS has far more in common with Hitchcock than generic shrieker stories, which makes it worth taking in on an autumn even… Expand

    Halloween hasn’t ended yet at the Dragon, where they close their tenth anniversary with Turn of the Screw. As ghost stories go, TOTS has far more in common with Hitchcock than generic shrieker stories, which makes it worth taking in on an autumn evening.... Collapse

    Event Name: First Day of School
    Article: City Lights Offers a Lot of Laughs
    Campbell Express - Oct 25, 2010
    By Sally Howe

    City Lights Theater Company in downtown San Jose continues to offer some off-the-wall shows -— most of them very thought-provoking (at least that’s how I viewed last year’s
    offerings).

    I had heard that "First Day of School&quo… Expand

    City Lights Theater Company in downtown San Jose continues to offer some off-the-wall shows -— most of them very thought-provoking (at least that’s how I viewed last year’s
    offerings).

    I had heard that "First Day of School" was a "comedy" but I was totally unprepared for that level of humor -- plus, in my view, this should be called a farce, but with
    a bit of "message." (Click link for rest of review... on page 6 of PDF file.) Collapse

    Event Name: Gypsy Airs
    Article: Teenage violinist from Hungary blows the roof off the California Theatre with Symphony Silicon Valley
    Mercury News - Oct 17, 2010
    By Richard Scheinin

    By the time Lajos Sarkozi wound up his astonishing performance Saturday at the California Theatre in San Jose, his face wore the gleeful look of the cat who ate the mouse. With the audience roaring its approval, this 19-year-old Hungarian violinist s… Expand

    By the time Lajos Sarkozi wound up his astonishing performance Saturday at the California Theatre in San Jose, his face wore the gleeful look of the cat who ate the mouse. With the audience roaring its approval, this 19-year-old Hungarian violinist seemed almost amused, as if his ravishing execution of technically daunting works had all been a bit of a game, something he does at the drop of a hat.

    This cocksure showman -- who plays with a soulful brilliance beyond his years -- was the soloist and star of "Gypsy Airs," Symphony Silicon Valley's weekend program. It was a night of pure pleasure, one of the orchestra's best concerts since its founding in fall 2002. And Sarkozi, who comes from a family of Budapest-based Roma musicians, had plenty of help, especially from Hungarian guest conductor Gregory Vajda, drawing clear, vigorous and radiant performances from the orchestra.... Collapse

    Event Name: Anna Karenina - West Coast Premiere
    Article: Opera Review: "Anna Kerenina"
    SFGate - Sep 16, 2010
    By Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic

    Spending time with the aristocracy, of other historical periods or in our own gilded age, can be pleasurable in its way - all that luxury and indolent ease. But you are expected to care about their personal problems.

    That's the conflict… Expand

    Spending time with the aristocracy, of other historical periods or in our own gilded age, can be pleasurable in its way - all that luxury and indolent ease. But you are expected to care about their personal problems.

    That's the conflict at the heart of "Anna Karenina" - not Tolstoy's great novel, of course, but the alluring and frustrating opera newly drawn from it by composer David Carlson, which had its West Coast premiere Saturday night at Opera San Jose.... Collapse

    Event Name: Love Song
    Article: Theater Review: "Love Song" at Dragon, Palo Alto
    Star Silver Creek - Sep 16, 2010
    By Cy Ashley Webb

    Much thought goes into selection of works produced at the Dragon. Meredith Hagedorn has an unerring eye for what works well in this tiny performance space, coupled with a good instinct for what will provoke an audience without being tediously academi… Expand

    Much thought goes into selection of works produced at the Dragon. Meredith Hagedorn has an unerring eye for what works well in this tiny performance space, coupled with a good instinct for what will provoke an audience without being tediously academic.... Collapse

    Event Name: Anna Karenina - West Coast Premiere
    Article: Anna Karenina's West Coast Premier
    Examiner.com - Sep 13, 2010
    By Beeri Moalem

    Driving back from the Opera, I heard on NPR that money can actually buy happiness, albeit up to a certain point ($75,000). All the money in the world couldn’t buy happiness for the aristocrats in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. David Carlson’s setting of th… Expand

    Driving back from the Opera, I heard on NPR that money can actually buy happiness, albeit up to a certain point ($75,000). All the money in the world couldn’t buy happiness for the aristocrats in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. David Carlson’s setting of the epic novel was absorbed in the bleak unhappiness of this story, hardly ever letting any ray of hope shine through. Even in the grand parties, the springtime escapades at countryside dachas, or at diverting horse races, the score churns with a lustful urgency, possessed with a dreary unrelenting nervousness, unhappy to the core. Collapse

    Event Name: Anna Karenina - West Coast Premiere
    Article: "Anna Karenina" Takes the Stage at Opera San Jose
    Spartan Daily - Sep 12, 2010
    By Jordan Liffengren

    A roar of applause ensued as the cast of “Anna Karenina” took its final bow Saturday night at Opera San Jose.

    The West Coast premiere was met with hundreds of well-dressed guests, mini-binoculars in hand, anticipating David Carlson’s new… Expand

    A roar of applause ensued as the cast of “Anna Karenina” took its final bow Saturday night at Opera San Jose.

    The West Coast premiere was met with hundreds of well-dressed guests, mini-binoculars in hand, anticipating David Carlson’s newest opera.

    Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina” is a story full of love, betrayal and heartache.

    Directed by SJSU alumna Irene Dalis, the opera was complete with magnificent costumes and simple, yet elegant set design.

    The cast and orchestra worked together to create a beautiful harmony of voice and instrument, showcasing each cast member’s range and ability.... Collapse

    Event Name: Anna Karenina - West Coast Premiere
    Article: Anna Karenina Has the Sweep of an Epic Film
    The Opera Critic - Sep 11, 2010
    By Michael Vaughn

    Opera San Jose launched its 27th season with one of the more lavish productions in its history, the third-ever production of David Carlson's Anna Karenina. The opening night performance featured stunning turns by soprano Jasmina Halimic as Anna and b… Expand

    Opera San Jose launched its 27th season with one of the more lavish productions in its history, the third-ever production of David Carlson's Anna Karenina. The opening night performance featured stunning turns by soprano Jasmina Halimic as Anna and bass Kirk Eichelberger as her husband, Alexei Karenin. With the flying sets of Steven C. Kemp and an expert job of personnel movement by stage director Brad Dalton, the opera created the sweep and smoothness of an epic film.... Collapse

    Event Name: Swan Lake - Ballet
    Article: Swan Lake
    Ballet Magazine - Feb 27, 2008
    By Renee Renouf

    Ballet San Jose’s Artistic Director Dennis Nahat has a knack for clarifying a familiar classic; he also takes liberties, interjecting music where he wants to explain something or build momentum. Mostly it works, even though you squint your eyes with… Expand

    Ballet San Jose’s Artistic Director Dennis Nahat has a knack for clarifying a familiar classic; he also takes liberties, interjecting music where he wants to explain something or build momentum. Mostly it works, even though you squint your eyes with surprise. So it was with Nahat’s revival of Swan Lake with David Guthrie’s sets and costumes, first performed in Cleveland in 1987.... (Click link for rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: Swan Lake - Ballet
    Article: Kingdom by the Lake
    Metro - Feb 20, 2008
    By Marianne Messina

    Dominated by the circle, Dennis Nahat's choreography for Ballet San Jose's Swan Lake conjures up a beautifully dizzying kingdom by the lake. In almost every scene, climactic spins, tours and pirouettes—often in a manège (creating circles within circl… Expand

    Dominated by the circle, Dennis Nahat's choreography for Ballet San Jose's Swan Lake conjures up a beautifully dizzying kingdom by the lake. In almost every scene, climactic spins, tours and pirouettes—often in a manège (creating circles within circles)—come in astounding numbers (more than 20 successive turns by Maykel Solas' catlike jester).... (Click link to read rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: Swan Lake - Ballet
    Article: Review: San Jose troupe excels in 'Swan Lake'
    San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 19, 2008
    By Rachel Howard

    Turns out that during recent seasons of dancing mostly silly spectacles, a crop of credible classical dancers at Ballet San Jose must have been yearning to show us their true chops. On Friday at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, the 44-mem… Expand

    Turns out that during recent seasons of dancing mostly silly spectacles, a crop of credible classical dancers at Ballet San Jose must have been yearning to show us their true chops. On Friday at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, the 44-member company took "Swan Lake" - that warhorse that can be sublime in the right hands or self-parody in the wrong ones - and made it a nonstop showcase of movement artistry. Rarely have so many talents in the San Jose roster shone to such advantage.... (Click link for rest of 2008 review) Collapse

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