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Ballet Tucson’s “Bernstein & Ballet”

Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm MST

Ballet Tucson in collaboration with the Tucson Desert Song Festival presents the Winter Concert 2018 – “Bernstein & Ballet“ February 2-4 at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. The Festival-wide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday culminates with Ballet Tucson’s “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” – A celebration of music and dance featuring selections from West Side Story, On the Waterfront, Mass, and Piccola Serenata.

Chieko Imada and Mary Beth Cabana team up to create original choreography that weaves together Mr. Bernstein’s music in a contemporary and unique fashion. Guest vocal artists Cadie Jordan and David Margulis, alums of the prestigious Ravinia’s Sterns Music Institute, will be accompanied by exceptional pianist Michael Dauphinais.

“A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” captures a slice of life, embracing love, conflict, isolation, despair, joy, spirituality, and resolution in song and dance. With the addition of more live music to the program, Ballet Master, Daniel Precup premieres a new full company work complete with live chamber music by the “Bel Canto Quintet“, lead by Rose Todaro. The Quintet will play the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Divertimento in D Major” onstage as the company soars in response to this iconic masterpiece.

Completing the Winter Concert, the historic comedy ballet “Graduation Ball” is offered. Mischief ensues when the nearby boys military academy joins forces with a Viennese girls finishing school for their graduation dance. This charmer is staged with original choreography by David Lichine (of the famed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) and the music of Johan Strauss.

“Bernstein & Ballet” offers historic ballet, live iconic classical music and celebrates Leonard Bernstein with a world premiere work that includes inspired vocal performances. Ballet Tucson serves up a program to satisfy both balletomanes and music lovers. The Winter Concert makes a rousing finale to the 2018 Tucson Desert Song Festival.

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday, February 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 — 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 4 — 1:00 p.m.

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre (1737 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719)

Ticket Information:
General $45
Seniors/Students/Military $40

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Ballet Tucson is currently celebrating its 32nd year and 14th professional season. The company consists of 35 dancers from all over the US and 5 countries. The company entertains the Tucson community in Fall, Winter and Spring concerts of Historic, Classic and Contemporary works offering something for everyone’s taste. Each December the company performs its beloved production of the Nutcracker. For more information visit

David Margulis has established himself as a strong lyrical singer and actor on domestic and international opera stages alike. He has been called “radiant voiced,” and been praised for his “clear, pleasing tenor.” Of his portrayal of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in his mainstage début at Arizona Opera, Opera Today raved: “David Margulis was an energetic Tamino who was only momentarily laid low by Pollard’s iconic monster. He sang with sumptuous lyrical sounds conveyed on a well-honed legato.”

This season, Mr. Margulis reprises the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Bar Harbor Music Festival, which he performed last season for the inaugural season of Opera Orlando, and sings with Ballet Tucson in their concert, A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein. He also performed the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids, Will in Middlemarch in Spring with Ash Lawn Opera, Florville in Il signor Bruschino with Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Torquemada in L’heure espagnole both with Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, France.

In recent seasons, he joined the prestigious Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich where he demonstrated his refined dramatic sensibilities in a variety of operas including Jonathan Dove’s musical fairy tale The Enchanted Pig, Rossini’s colorful comic opera Le comte Ory, Haydn’s rarely seen “heroic-comic drama” Orlando paladino, Mozart’s hilarious comic singspiel Der Schauspieldirektor, and Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame. Additional operatic engagements include the role of Borsa in Rigoletto in his main stage début with Opera Santa Barbara; a double bill of Der Schauspieldirektor/Le rossignol in his main stage début with Santa Fe Opera; the inaugural New York Festival Song at North Fork program; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Phoenix Symphony. He also was seen at Tuscon Desert Song Festival performing on a program for the Ravinia Steans
Music Institute on Tour with Kevin Murphy.

Mr. Margulis is earning a reputation as a champion of new works after being a part of numerous workshops including Theodore Morrison’s first opera, Oscar, at The Santa Fe Opera and the workshop première of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage at Arizona Opera. He has also premièred several new works including the tenor solo in Robert Kyr’s Pacific Sanctus.

Additionally, Margulis has been engaged by some of the finest training programs in the country, where his assignments have included: Goro in Madama Butterfly and Léon in The Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera; Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Alfredo in La traviata, Steuermann in Die fliegende Holländer, Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Arizona Opera; Young Servant in Elektra at Des Moines Metro Opera; Selimo in Maometto II at Santa Fe Opera; Molqi in The Death of Klinghoffer at Opera Theatre St. Louis; and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette at Seagle Music Colony. While a fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, he was privileged to work with some of the most respected coaches and conductors in the world, including Kevin Murphy, Malcolm Martineau, and James Conlon.

Mr. Margulis holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The University of Washington, and Florida State University. David is a three-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recently, became a finalist in the Giulio Gari 2017 International Vocal Competition.

Soprano Cadie Jordan is native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University in the studio of Heidi Grant Murphy. Her roles on the IU stage include Clara in the second premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Marian Paroo in The Music Man. Other roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Sylviane in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. She made her international debut performing the role of Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine as part of the La Musica Lirica training program in Novafeltria, Italy. She toured as a soprano soloist with the C.S. Lewis Choral Institute through Oxford and Cambridge England.

She spent the summer of 2017 performing as a Young Artist at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and she covered the role of Anne Egerman as an Apprentice Artist in Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Her concert performances include soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Georgina Joshi Foundation’s Handel Project, Handel’s Salve Regina, Mozart Mass in C Minor, and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, where she began her musical pursuits under the tutelage of baritone Dennis Jesse. She currently works as an assistant instructor of voice at the Jacobs School of Music.


Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm MST
Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm MST
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