Charles Barker Principal Conductor Charles Barker has conducted numerous orchestras the Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Paris Opera Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, La Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Adelaide Symphony, Columbus Symphony and the Pacific Symphony. Currently, he is Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre.
Barker was Music Director and Conductor of the American Chamber Orchestra from 1981 to 1987. In February 1983, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting the ACO and, in November 1983, performed A Tribute to Aaron Copland at Carnegie Hall, in honor of the composer's 83rd birthday. In 1985, he was Music Director for Aaron Copland's opera The Second Hurricane at the New Federal Theatre in New York.
He was Music Director of the Kansas City Ballet from 1985 to 1987 and has conducted for San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Richmond Ballet and La Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1986. He was Music Director of The Australian Ballet from 1997 to 2001, and then joined The Royal Ballet until 2003.
From 1995 to 1998 he was a member of the Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama Group which presents Greek and Latin drama in the original language. In addition to being a cast member, Barker wrote them music for The Bacchae, Hippolytus and Heracles.
Barker has conducted numerous film and television features for dance including Dance in America, a PBS special presentation on the works of Antony Tudor, the BBC in England; TV Asahi in Japan and the ABC in Australia.
David LaMarche Conductor and Music Administrator LaMarche has been working as a musician in the field of dance for over 20 years. He served as Music Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem from 1993 to 1998 and conducted many of the company's premiere performances, both in the USA and on tour in Europe, Africa and South America. In addition to conducting, he composed and arranged several scores for the repertory. As a guest, he has conducted for The Joffrey Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet British Columbia, and San Francisco Ballet. The orchestras he has directed include the Houston Symphony, the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, The Pacific Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, the Tokyo Philharmonic, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Orchestra, the Tivoli Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestre Lamoreux of Paris.
He is currently in his eighth year on the conducting staff of American Ballet Theatre and is Music Director of The José Limòn Company. LaMarche is a graduate of Boston University and resides in New York City.
Principal Dancers of ABT China Tour
Herman Cornejo Argentina In 1999, Comejo joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and to Principal Dancer in August 2003.
Marcelo Gomes Brazil Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the corps de ballet. Gomes was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and Principal Dancer in August 2002.
Paloma Herrera Argentina Herrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in June of 1991, was promoted to Soloist in June of 1993, and to Principal Dancer in 1995.
Julie Kent USA In 1986, Kent became a member of ABT's corps de ballet. She was appointed a Soloist with ABT in 1990 and a Principal Dancer in 1993.
Veronika Part Russia Part joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2002, and she was promoted to Principal in 2009.
Xiomara Reyes Cuba Reyes joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2001, and she was appointed a Principal in 2003.
Hee Seo South Korea Seo joined the main Company as an apprentice in 2005 and the corps de ballet in March 2006. Seo was appointed a Principal Dancer in 2012.
Daniil Simkin Russia Simkin joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2008 and became a Principal Dancer in 2012.
Cory Stearns USA Stearns joined the main Company as an apprentice in 2005. He was appointed a Principal Dancer in 2011.
American Ballet Theatre American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. It has also made more than 30 international tours to 43 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.
When American Ballet Theatre was launched in the autumn of 1939, the aim was to develop a repertoire of the best ballets from the past and to encourage the creation of new works by gifted young choreographers, wherever they might be found. Founded in 1940 by Lucia Chase and Richard Pleasant and directed by Chase and Oliver Smith from 1945-1980, the Company more than fulfilled that aim. The repertoire, perhaps unmatched in the history of ballet, includes all of the great full-length ballets of the nineteenth century, such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, the finest works from the early part of this century, such as Apollo, Les Sylphides, Jardin aux Lilas and Rodeo and acclaimed contemporary masterpieces such as Airs, Push Comes to Shove and Duets. In acquiring such an extraordinary repertoire, ABT has commissioned works by all of the great choreographic geniuses of the 20th century: George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp, among others.
In 1980, Mikhail Baryshnikov became Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, succeeding Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith. Under his leadership, numerous classical ballets were staged, restaged and refurbished, and the Company experienced a strengthening and refining of the classical tradition. In 1990, Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith succeeded Baryshnikov and immediately established an agenda that was dedicated to maintaining the great traditions of the past while aggressively pursuing a vital and innovative future.
In October 1992, former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Kevin McKenzie was appointed Artistic Director. McKenzie, steadfast in his vision of ABT as 'American', is committed to maintaining the Company's vast repertoire, and to bringing the art of dance theater to the great stages of the world.
American Ballet Theatre has appeared in a total of 132 cities in 42 countries, as well as in all fifty states of the United States. ABT has recently enjoyed triumphant successes with engagements in Tokyo, London, Moscow, Beijing and Seoul. In November 2010, American Ballet Theatre appeared at the Havana International Festival celebrating Alicia Alonso's 90th birthday. This was the Company's first visit to Cuba since 1965.
On April 27, 2006, by an act of Congress, American Ballet Theatre became America's National Ballet Company.
NCPA Orchestra China NCPA Orchestra was established in March 2010. As the orchestra in residence of the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, the orchestra performs regularly in NCPA's busy schedule of operas, ballets and concerts to great acclaim. Maestro Lu Jia is the orchestra's Principal Conductor. One of the founders of the orchestra, NCPA's Music Artistic Director, Maestro Chen Zuohuang is honored as the orchestra's Laureate Conductor. The orchestra also engages Singaporean conductor Joshua Kang Ming Tan as the Resident Conductor. The orchestra performs more than a dozen operas and ballets every year, together with about 30 symphonic concerts by the name of China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra.
China NCPA Orchestra keeps an international standard for its arts quality and management. The musicians are from various countries and regions, and most of them have experience from working or studying in Europe or North America. Many artists have worked with this orchestra, including Maestro Lorin Maazel, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, and soloists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Wang Yuja, Han-Na Chang, Leo Nucci, etc. Maestro Lorin Maazel has appeared with the orchestra in several operas and concerts, in his view it is 'an excellent, hard-working orchestra with great passion.' The orchestra keeps close working relationships with Maestro Maazel and Maestro Eschenbach.
In 2011, China NCPA Orchestra has won acclaim for its performances in NCPA's new productions of Tosca, The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, and a newly composed opera The Chinese Orphan. At the same time, the orchestra was also deeply involved in NCPA's 2011 Gustav Mahler Cycle. Under the batons of maestros including Christoph Eschenbach, Yoel Levi and Jun Maerkl, the orchestra performed Mahler's Symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 8 and 10. In this year the orchestra has also performed two concerts of contemporary music, with works from Takemitsu, Giya Kancheli, and a group of young Chinese composers. Mr. Kancheli himself attended the concert featuring his work.
Devoted to educational and outreach activities, China NCPA Orchestra has presented a series of Weekend Matinee Concerts since its establishment. With specially selected repertoire, performances of high quality and extremely low ticket prices, these concerts have won great acclaim from both audience and critics.
In 2012, China NCPA Orchestra will perform in NCPA's productions of The Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin. A notable list of artists including Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Rudolf Buchbinder will perform with the orchestra for the first time, and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach will also return to give multiple concerts. Various tours are also under preparation currently.
NCPA aims to build a world-class orchestra with operation and management conforming to global practices while incorporating Chinese characteristics.
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes Choreography: Mark Morris Staged Design: Tina Fehlandt Music: Virgil Thomson Costumes Design: Santo Loquasto Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski
Presenter: The company Live Orchestra: NCPA Orchestra
The witty, romantic piano etudes of Virgil Thomson are echoed in Mark Morris' valentine to classical ballet. From voluptuous, rippling torsos and arms to majestic tableaux of heart-stopping beauty, this inventive ballet is pure pleasure.
Song: To Celia Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise, Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much honoring thee, As giving it a hope, that there It could not withered be. But thou did'st only breathe, And sent it back to me; Since when it grows and smells, I swear, Not of itself, but thee.
By Ben Jonson from the play A Vision of Delight (1617)
The Moor's Pavane Choreography: Jose Limon Staged Design: Clay Taliaferro Music: Henry Purcell Costumes Design: Pauline Lawrence Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal
Presenters: (Mar. 06) Marcelo Gomes, Cory Stearns, Veronika Part, Julie Kent (Mar. 07) Alexandre Hammoudi, Sascha Radetsky, Stella Abrera, Hee Seo Live Orchestra: NCPA Orchestra
Considered Limon's masterwork, The Moor's Pavane beautifully distills in one act the passion and dramatic arc of Shakespeare's Othello. Performed to a stately Renaissance court dance, this psychological thriller inevitably reaches its heartbreaking climax as the noble Othello succumbs to Iago's treachery.
Rodeo Choreography: Agnes de Mille Staged Design: Oliver Smith Music: Aaron Copland l Costumes Design: Santo Loquasto Lighting Design: Thomas R. Skelton
Presenters: (Mar. 06) Xiomara Reyes, Sascha Radetsky, Jared Matthews, Lauren Post (Mar. 07) Marian Butler, Craig Salstein, Roman Zhurbin, Leann Underwood Live Orchestras: NCPA Orchestra
Agnes de Mille's humorous love story about a tomboyish cowgirl in the pioneer West is an audience favorite. Set to Copland's spirited score, which includes the famed 'Hoedown,' Rodeo features costume designs by Tony Award-winner Santo Loquasto.