Spring Repertory 2016

Spring Repertory 2016

A Cappella – Our Bodies Sing

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April 14, 8pm
April 15, 8pm
April 16, 2pm (with a post-performance “Meet the Artists” panel discussion)
April 16, 8pm

Tickets: $40 General Admission*
Discounts for Children, Seniors and Students
*Ticket prices do not include ticket vendor fees.

Malonga Casquelourd Theater, Oakland
1428 Alice Street, Oakland


San Francisco

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April 21, 8pm

Tickets: $50 General Admission*
Discounts for Children, Seniors and Students
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Brava Theater, San Francisco
2781 24th Street, San Francisco



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April 23, 8pm

$40 General Admission*
$100 Family Package* (4 tickets for the performance: 2 adult and 2 child/student tickets)
Discounts for Children, Seniors and Students
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Reed L. Buffington Performing Arts Center, Hayward
Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward

VIP Tickets Available for the April 23 performance

VIP Soiree Ticket
– Pre-performance dinner catered by Massimo’s Restaurant at the Chabot College Event Center
– VIP ticket to the performance
– Post-performance reception

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– Post-performance reception

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About the Program

This extraordinary evening of dance and live music embraces the beauty of the unaccompanied human voice in concert with the beauty of the moving body.

A Cappella – Our Bodies Sing features:
– A world premiere by Val Caniparoli.
– A world premiere by Janice Garrett & Charles Moulton.
– The West Coast premiere of Artistic Director Graham Lustigs “Stone of Hope.”

Live musical will accompaniment by Bay Area choral groups:
– The Berkeley Community Chamber Singers
– Nona Brown and the Inspirational Music Collective
– Vajra Voices

Running Time:
A Cappella – Our Bodies Sing will run approximately 2 hours, with a short intermission between each of the three acts.

– Seating is general admission for all shows and is on a first come first serve basis.
– Accommodations will be made for any special needs.
– The box office and will call open 1 hour before each performance.
– Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Photo by Ron Lessard
Stone of Hope
Choreography by Graham Lustig
Photo by Ron Lessard






About the Choreographers

Photo by Chris Hardy
Photo by Chris Hardy

Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after choreographers in the United States and abroad. Although he is most closely associated with San Francisco Ballet, his artistic home for more than 40 years and former resident choreographer, Caniparoli has contributed to the repertories of more than 45 companies, including Texas Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), Washington Ballet, Israel Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, State Theatre Ballet of South Africa and Tulsa Ballet (resident choreographer 2001-06). Caniparoli has also choreographed for the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. He has worked on several occasions with the San Francisco Symphony, most recently on the Rimsky-Korsakov opera-ballet Mlada, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Caniparoli has been the recipient of ten grants for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, an artist fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two awards from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation.  Work with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco includes choreography for A Christmas Carol, A Doll’s House, A Little Night Music, Arcadia and the creation, with Carey Perloff, of a new movement-theater piece, Tosca Cafe.

Jan and Charlie Stuttgart Image B & W jpgGarrett + Moulton Productions is a San Francisco based performing arts organization that is co-directed by Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton. Dedicated to the presentation of live performances of dance and music, the company produces an annual home performance season, tours internationally, and offers an array of educational programs in San Francisco, throughout the US, and abroad. The company was initially founded in 2002 as “Janice Garrett & Dancers.” In 2005, Artistic Director Janice Garrett initiated a series of alliances designed to deepen the company’s connection to community and stretch her work in new directions. As a part of this initiative, she began working with internationally recognized choreographer Charles Moulton. Since 2008 Garrett and Moulton have collaborated on six evening length works that have received popular and critical acclaim. Honors include a 2010 Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) for “Best Company Performance” for The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories, three 2011 Izzie nominations for The Experience of Flight in Dreams and recognition by the San Francisco Chronicle for StringWreck (2008) and The Luminous Edge (2014) as one of the “Top 10-Best Performances of the Year.” Recognizing the potency of their creative dialogue, they formalized their partnership in 2010 in order to further investigate their creative alchemy and collaborate on larger, more ambitious projects. Together they formed “Garrett + Moulton Productions” and are now dedicated to expanding the scope of their work by incorporating multiple artistic forms into their productions and involving a wide array of collaborative partners.

Janice Garrett is an internationally active choreographer and dance educator. After receiving a degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and an MA in Dance from Mills College, she moved to New York where she was a member of Dan Wagoner and Dancers from 1984-89. In 1990 she began a freelance career, receiving commissions from companies and performance groups throughout the US and Europe. Garrett presented her first full evening of dance works in San Francisco in May 2001 and subsequently in 2002 formed her company, Janice Garrett & Dancers. Honored as one of Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch”, Garrett has created more than 20 original works for her company and has received choreographic grants from the James Irvine Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, W. A. Gerbode Foundation, The W&F Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Guggenheim Award winner Charles Moulton began his career dancing with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1973-1976. He has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project and many other dance companies in the US and abroad. He is the winner of a 1989 Dorothy Chandler Arts Achievement Award and has received support for his work from the NEA, NYSCA, The Jerome Foundation, and Meet the Composer/Choreographer. Moulton has created works for film and television including choreography for 1,000 dancers in the Matrix Reloaded. He is a founding co-director of Performance Space 122 in downtown Manhattan and is widely regarded for his signature work Precision Ball Passing. Moulton has been active as a visual artist for 15 years. His work has been shown at the Pro-Arts Gallery and The Terminus Gallery in Oakland and was recently featured at the Center for Contemporary Photography in Tucson, AZ.

Graham Lustig Headshot B&WSince his appointment as Artistic Director in 2010, Graham Lustig has revitalized Oakland Ballet Company and helped the organization reclaim its position as a leading San Francisco Bay Area arts institution and first-rate dance company. Lustig’s stewardship has brought the company long-term vision and a reputation for nurturing community-based programming, deep audience engagement, and organizational stability. For the past six seasons, Mr. Lustig has presented his critically-acclaimed production of The Nutcracker at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, as well as an annual spring season rooted in contemporary works, including the 50th Anniversary program, Five Decades of Dance (2015); Oakland-esque (2014), Diaghilev Imagery (2013) and Forwards! (2011). In collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, under Lustig’s watch, Oakland Ballet has expanded its educational outreach program, Discover Dance, to provide educational arts programs to more than a dozen area schools annually. Educational events such as in-school assemblies and open rehearsals reach more than 5,000 local school children each year. Trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, Mr. Lustig danced with the Dutch National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet before embarking on a freelance choreographic career that has included operas, ballets and musicals. He serves as a founding member of the Artists Committee of Americans for the Arts, and has served numerous times on the Dance and Policy Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Choral Groups

Derek Tam HeadshotBerkeley Community Chamber Singers, Derek Tam, Music Director

Berkeley Community Chamber Singers (BCCS) is the outreach ensemble of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (BCCO), a non-auditioned community chorus that performs major classical works.  Formed by BCCO’s second music director, Arlene Sagan, BCCS sings a varied a cappella repertoire that spans several centuries.  The group performs for those unable to come to BCCO’s concerts, often at retirement homes and hospitals, as well as at other musical events. Derek Tam, the first assistant conductor for BCCO (2011-2014) serves as music director for BCCS.

In demand as a conductor and a historical keyboardist, Derek Tam appears throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere. As a conductor, Derek appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. He is director of music at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, one of the major performance venues for classical music in the East Bay. Conducting engagements in the 2015-2016 season include collaborations with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet, Oakland Ballet and choral preparation for Merced Symphony. In addition to his work as a conductor, Derek performs on various historical keyboards, from the harpsichord to the modern concert grand. Lauded as a “master of his instrument” (San Francisco Classical Voice), he appears with the Modesto Symphony and Elevate Ensemble as concerto soloist for the 2015-2016 season. Derek is also the artistic director of Star Valley Children’s Choir and the Berkeley Community Chamber Singers. He has served on the faculties of the NAPA Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society’s summer workshops. Derek currently chairs the Youth Advisory Board of Early Music America. Derek is a registered tax professional with the State of California. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Singers: Leonie Calvert , Barbara Conheim, Sile Convery, Stan Dewey, Eloise Fox, Madeleine Gordon, Susan Jaffe, Joan King-Angell, Kevin Mann, George Martin, Gregory Martin, Jarred Miyamoto-Mills, Jan Murota, Lisa Nelbach, Janelle Noble, Melody Noll, Mary Rogier, Ellen Rosenfield

For more information, visit bcco.org and www.dereksaihotam.com

Vajra VoicesVajra Voices, Karen R. Clark, Director

The women’s vocal ensemble, Vajra Voices, sings medieval to modern music in a singing style inspired by Hildegard von Bingen that is “clear, sweet, and strong.” Their debut recording of music of Hildegard von Bingen will be released on the Music & Arts label in May 2016. In Eastern spiritual traditions, the Sanskrit word vajra symbolizes the thunderbolt of clarity and the indestructible nature of the diamond which signify strength of spirit.

Contralto Karen R. Clark’s repertory spans the centuries to include world premieres of medieval passions and modern works by living composers and poets, such as, Gary Snyder, Joseph Schwantner, Ben Johnston, and Fred Frith. In early music, Ms. Clark has performed and recorded with world renowned ensembles, such as, Sequentia, the Boston Camerata, the Newberry Consort, New York Early Music, Pomerium Musices, Ensemble Project Ars Nova, the Waverly Consort, and Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble. Ms. Clark is recorded on Dorian, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Focus, Innova, Musica Omnia, and New Albion Records. She holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and has taught in the music departments of Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Sonoma State University, the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. Her workshops and lectures on vocal technique, somatic learning, and the music of Hildegard von Bingen are presented nationwide. “Karen Clark’s is the most beautiful sound, strong, pure, and passionate, that I have heard in a long time.” –Andrew Porter, The New Yorker

For more information, visit www.vajravoices.com and www.new.karenrclark.com

Nona Brown HeadshotNona Brown and the Inspirational Music Collective, Nona Brown, Director

Nona Brown, Musician, Composer, Vocalist and Producer ALL IN ONE!  A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nona has more than 30 years of experience working in the Music Industry. She has served as Board Member and Vice President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy and is very active within the Bay Area’s Music Community. In 2014, Nona formed a unique group known as, “Inspirational Music Collective (I.M.C.)”.  I.M.C. is a talent pool comprised of experienced singers and musicians who are well-polished in their craft and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nona’s musical journey include, nominations for a Hollywood Music Award, Oakland Indie Award; other credits include 40th anniversary of Woodstock (Performance), Boston Pops (Guest Vocalist), The Fray (Background Vocalist), Mike Pinder’s Songwars (Celebrity Judge), Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball (Guest Vocalist), Gospel Music Workshop of America (Guest Composer), Josh Groban (Choir Coordinator) and currently a member of the New Edwin Hawkins Singers.

The Inspirational Music Collective is an eclectic group of Bay Area vocalists singing contemporary gospel music. Ms. Brown, formed the group in 2014.

For more information, visit www.nonabrown.org