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Memory Book - Program 2: Neoclassical Masters (March 22-24, 2013)

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Méditation from Thaïs
Erotic and atmospheric, this dramatic pas de deux beautifully complements
Massenet’s Méditation (Andante Religioso) from Thaïs and its exquisite solo violin
with a breathless, sweeping romantic encounter between an elusive veiled beauty
and her ardent hero-warrior partner.

Méditation from Thaïs
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Music: Jules Massenet (Méditation Andante Religioso from Thaïs)
Special Musical Guest Artist: Violinist Rachel Lee

Photos by Robert Shomler

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Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun and Jeremy Kovitch
"Ashton's Méditation from Thaïs provided a showcase for Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun’s sustained adagio and warm, liquid port de bras. She conveyed a dreamy sensuality to this courtesan whose beauty invades a monk’s mind, and was ably partnered by Jeremy Kovitch."
Renee Renouf
Wolly Western Eye

"Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun mesmerized with the clarity and lushness of her phrasing in Aston's Méditation from Thaïs."
Rita Felciano
San Jose Mercury News

"A guest artist, the young virtuoso violinist Rachel Lee…accompanied the Ballet San Jose Orchestra conducted by George Daugherty…They sounded marvelous throughout the show."
Janice Berman
San Francisco Classical Voice

The Nutcracker        The Nutcracker : Karen Gabay

Program 1        Don Quixote : After Marius Petipa and
               Alexander Gorsky

Program 2        Les Rendezvous : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Méditation from Thaïs : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Clear : Stanton Welch
       Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 : Clark Tippet

Program 3        Duets : Merce Cunningham
       Glow-Stop : Jorma Elo
       Eighty One : Jessica Lang