"The Christmas Ballet: Uncorked"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
December 18, 2014
by Rita Felciano
© 2014 Rita Felciano
Some traditions refuse to die. The end-of-year pleas for donations keep coming. The lights are up inside and out even in this soaked city. The sale figures, as the nightly newscasts keep telling us, are positive. And, of course, there is "Nutcracker", glorious everlasting, probably more because of Tchaikovsky than Petipa and Ivanov. So let's give thanks for that. In these parts we also have Michael Smuin's "The Christmas Ballet", his two-part tribute to music both saintly and secular. 'The Classical Christmas' and 'The Cool Christmas' have held each other in balance for the last twenty years. Close to fifty percent of the audience raised its hand when asked in one of these by-now inevitable pre-performance welcomes whether they had seen the ballet before. Good for them.
Erica Felsch in "The Christmas Ballet"
Photo copyright © by David Allen