Music Notes: Professional Ballet School celebrates 30 years

The Belmont-based Professional Ballet School, in collaboration with the Young Artists Ballet Theatre, presents its 20th anniversary Spring Performance at 7 p.m. Friday and June 7 at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St.

Guest artists include Eric Bourman (former Boston Ballet soloist), David Fonnegra and Jekyns Pelaez (current Diablo Company members), and alumni Brittney Wirth Wassermann and Danielle Schmidt.

“In the Garden,” the opening number, features the school’s youngest ballet students; children age 4 and older perform as ladybugs, roses, butterflies and bluebirds.

“Scoo de Ooop” is a sassy whimsical piece set to music by Sammy Davis Jr. and choreography by Brete Martin.

“Dance with Us, Run with Us” features jazz students age 7 and older performing to music by Fergie and from the hit show “Hairspray.”

“Swan Lake Pas de Trois,” a classical piece, showcases Brittney Hernandez, Katherine Stewart and Fonnegra.

“Now, Three,” a neoclassical dance, is set to electronic music by Klaus Shulze; it features guest professionals Schmidt, Bourman and Pelaez.

The program closes with the neo-classical ballet “Enigma,” featuring ballet and jazz company members and guest dancers.

Tickets are $15 to $20. Call (650) 598-0796 for information.

FEAST OF ‘TURANGALILA’

The love story in the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Isolde inspired Olivier Messiaen to write “Turangalila Symphony.” The 90-minute, 10-movement piece highlights the Redwood Symphony Orchestra’s program June 8 at Cañada College Main Theatre in Redwood City.

Written at the request of Boston Symphony conductor Sergei Koussevitzky, the symphony was conducted by the young Leonard Bernstein in 1949.

The title, which combines two Sanskrit words, has various meanings: “love song,” “hymn of joy,” “time,” “movement,” “rhythm,” “life” and “death.”

The composition incorporates Indian rhythms, bird songs and a 12-piece percussion section.

Musical director Eric Kujawsky says, “Although the popular work is a 20th-century landmark, its length, difficulty, instrument requirements and soloist demands make it rarely performed.”

Featured soloists are Daniel Glover, piano, and Mark Goldstein, synthesizer. The concert also features Igor Stravinsky’s “Fanfare for a New Theatre.”

A pre-concert lecture is at 2 p.m.; the theater is at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Tickets are $20 to $25 general; $10 for students; free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Call (650) 366-6872 or visit  www.redwoodsymphony.org.

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