Musical Point(e)s


An in-depth exploration of how movement and music work together in some of the most beloved ballet in the repertoire.  Discover insights about these ballets from top conductors and dancers from leading ballet companies around the world; join our sessions as we dive into what makes these ballets great and powerfully moving works. From how Balanchine’s Serenade is a mini-history of New York City Ballet, to how Prokofiev’s themes for Juliet grow as her character develops in Romeo and Juliet, hear how choreographers take advantage of the music of these ballets and how dancers make the movements and music their own.  Deeper than pre-concert lectures and program book notes, you’ll hear directly from the artists that live these ballets day in and day out in the studios and on the stage.

Join us on Saturdays at Noon PDT for these informative and fun 90-minute sessions which include conductors and dancers from the following companies:  San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Semperoper Ballett, Royal Ballet, Het Nationale Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. All sessions are free, with a suggested donation to participating companies. To support these companies, artists, and Musical Point(e)s, click here.

Sleeping Beauty
Saturday, September 5th, 12:00pm PDT
San Francisco Ballet dancers: Misa Kuranaga, Principal; Sasha de Sola, Principal; Tiit Helimets, Principal; Ellen Rose Hummel, Soloist
Ming Luke, Principal Conductor Nashville Ballet, Principal Guest Conductor San Francisco Ballet
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Serenade and Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Evolution of ballet
Saturday, September 12th, 12:00pm PDT
Tiler Peck, Principal, New York City Ballet; Andrew Litton, Music Director, New York City Ballet
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Swan Lake
Saturday, September 19th, 12:00pm PDT
Cynthia Harvey, Former Principal of American Ballet Theatre and current Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre School
David LaMarche, Conductor and Music Administrator, American Ballet Theatre
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Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, Sept 26th 12:00pm PDT
Ermanno Florio, Music Director Houston Ballet; Principal Guest Conductor, Het Nationale Ballet
Sofiane Sylve, Principal and Ballet Mistress, Dresden Semperoper Ballett
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The Winter’s Tale
October 3rd, 12:00pm PDT 
David Briskin, Music Director and Principal Conductor, National Ballet of Canada
Lauren Cuthbertson, Principal, Royal Ballet
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Nutcracker
Inner secrets of a holiday favorite
October 10th, 12:00pm PDT
Martin West, Music Director and Principal Conductor, San Francisco Ballet
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