Christian Ballet Company Ballet Magnificat! In its Long Beach Premiere at Carpenter Center
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The last date listed for Ballet Magnificat! was Wednesday February 2, 2011 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
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One of the best known saxophonists in the world, David Sanborn blends jazz, pop, rock and R&B into a smooth-as-silk sound that no other sax player has quite managed to copy. The career of this multiple Grammy winner was launched in 1975 by his (aptly-titled) debut album, Taking Off, and it hasn't come down since, spanning more than two dozen other albums. Established as both a soloist and a collaborator with the likes of Bowie, the Stones and Clapton, Sanborn now brings his "sweet-tart alto sound" (The New York Times) to Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beachfor an impassioned performance.
Reviews & Ratings
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Especially "The Arrival" was fresh with lots of energy and beautiful harmony between the choreography and the music+lyrics. The second ballet suite based on Ruth was not as satisfying because the wide range of music did not quite fit together as well and the plot adaptation seemed a bit awkward. However the heart of the piece shone through and the artistry and expressiveness of the dancers were inspired.
Quotes & Highlights
“There’s no denying the emotional power of this company. These dancers have the kind of lit-from-within presence rarely seen outside the premier companies.” —Washington Post
“One of the nation’s oldest companies, incorporating Christian themes into dance.” —Indianapolis Star
Ballet Magnificat! was founded in 1986. Magnificat is Latin for “to magnify Him.” It’s derived from “Mary’s Song” of praise in the 1st Chapter of the the Gospel of Luke when she first learned she was to be the mother of the Messiah. Ballet Magnificat! is an arts organization dedicated to presenting the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world. Its professional touring companies perform nationally and internationally, ministering to audiences in the United States as well as Canada, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Greece, Singapore, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.
Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts was established in 1989 and presently has 400 students enrolled. The Summer Dance Intensive and Teacher’s Workshop which attracts dancers and teachers nationally and internationally, was first held that same year. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, Ballet Magnificat! features dancers and teachers who share the company’s vision to pursue excellence in the arts. The School of the Arts fosters technical and spiritual training of dancers of all ages through specialized class instruction and workshop.