Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Begins Summer Concert Series

Posted Jul 25th, 2011 by Rachel Ramey  Category: Arts & Entertainment



Lakeside, Ohio – Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Admission to Hoover Auditorium nightly entertainment requires a daily gate pass ($18 for adults, $12.50 for youth ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90). Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages in Lakeside.

Saturday, July 30
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra with Pointe of Departure Ballet

Music Director Robert Cronquist and the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra will perform with the Pointe of Departure Ballet company in the annual Iva M. Clark Memorial Concert.

Karen Gabay and Raymond Rodriquez serve as the artistic directors of the ballet company. The performance will feature three contrasting ballet productions choreographed by Gabay and Rodriquez.

The symphony will open the evening with “Festival Overture, Op. 96” of Dmitri Shostakovich. This 1954 piece was written for a concert held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution. Shostakovich completed it in three days.

Members of Pointe of Departure will dance to Antonín Dvo?ák’s 1875 “Serenade in E Major, Op. 22.” Written in two weeks for a string orchestra, the serenade contains five contrasting movements.

The opening section is in a moderate tempo followed by a waltz and a contrasting lively scherzo. The finale is a spirited Allegro centered on a lively Bohemian village dance. This piece will bring the first half of the program to a close.

The “Divertimento” by Igor Stravinsky will open the second half of the concert. Written in several sections for a small orchestra, this piece is in contrast to the more lyrical Dvo?ák serenade.

Next, Pietro Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from the opera “Cavalleria Rusticana,” will be performed by the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra alone before the dancers return for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite.”

The entire company will present six sections from this ballet favorite. Tchaikovsky’s score remains one of his most famous compositions. The dance solos and duets will close with the “Grand pas de Deux” and the finale of “The Nutcracker Suite.”

To date, Pointe of Departure Ballet has performed for more than 15,000 audience members in Northern Ohio. This includes a variety of venues such as the Ohio Theater in Playhouse Square, the Evans Amphitheater in Cain Park, The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Bolton Theatre at The Cleveland Play House.

The company originated in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1998 as a collaboration between violinist Lev Polyakin, assistant concert master for the Cleveland Orchestra, and San Jose Cleveland Ballet’s prima ballerina, Gabay. Polyakin approached Gabay to join him in one of his upcoming concerts, encouraging her to choreograph and dance the repertoire he played, and she agreed. Gabay then invited Rodriquez to dance alongside her.

Pointe of Departure Ballet strives to perform diverse shows that go beyond the stereotypical image of ballet.

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