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  • Musicians' Insights: Cordula Merks on Swan Lake

    "Tchaikovsky's music for violin is always very melodical and heartfelt—and often also quite tricky to play," says SF Ballet Orchestra Concertmaster Cordula Merks. Hear her play excerpts from Swan Lake's three big violin solos in this episode of Musicians' Insights.

    Photo: Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit...

  • Musicians' Insights: Laura Griffiths on Swan Lake

    What sets the musical scene for Tomasson's Swan Lake? Hear Principal Oboe Laura Griffiths play three excerpts from the ballet's iconic oboe moments in this episode of Musicians' Insight.

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  • Musicians' Insights: Beni Shinohara on Marston's Snowblind

  • Musicians' Insights: Heeguen Song on Anima Animus

    Associate Concertmaster Heeguen Song recounts her experience of playing the solo violin part at the 2017 premiere of Anima Animus and plays an excerpt from her favorite movement in this episode of Musicians' Insight.

    Photo: San Francisco Ballet in Dawson's Anima Animus // © Erik Tomasson

  • Musicians' Insights: Julie McKenzie on Emeralds

    “I have always thought that Fauré had a special affinity for the flute, because he wrote such gorgeous and flowing music for my instrument,” says Julie McKenzie, 2nd Flute and Piccolo with SF Ballet Orchestra. McKenzie shares her perspective on Gabriel Fauré’s music for George Balanchine’s ballet...

  • Musicians' Insights: Mariya Borozina on Rhoden's LET'S BEGIN AT THE END

    "Bach’s divine music holds [a] very special place in my heart,” says Mariya Borozina, first violinist with SF Ballet Orchestra. For #MusicMonday, Borozina shares insight into the three composers whose music makes up the score of Dwight Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END, and plays an excerpt from Ba...

  • Musicians' Insights: Adam Luftman on Morris' Sandpaper Ballet

    What prompted Leroy Anderson to write "A Trumpeter's Lullaby," part of the score for Mark Morris' Sandpaper Ballet? Find out from Adam Luftman, principal trumpet player of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and hear part of that music, as well as what Luftman calls "the most important excerpt for an...

  • Musicians' Insights: Ani Bukujian on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Ani Bukujian offers an insider’s look at the music of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bukujian, principal second violinist of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, plays a few of her favorite excerpts of Midsummer, describes the challenges in playing the score, and shares some of the history o...

  • Musicians' Insights: Craig Reiss on Nutcracker

    Hear Craig Reiss, Associate Principal 2nd Violin with SF Ballet Orchestra, explore one of his favorite parts of the Nutcracker score. Reiss discusses Nutcracker choreographer Marius Petipa’s instructions to Tchaikovsky for the Arabian variation and plays a bit of that music.

  • Musicians' Insights: Marilyn Coyne on Nutcracker

    Nutcracker is Marilyn Coyne’s favorite Tchaikovsky ballet because it’s “power packed” with music that's front and center during the holiday season—even this year! Coyne, who is 2nd Oboe and English Horn in San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, plays a few of her favorite selections from the score.

  • Musicians' Insights: Shinji Eshima on Possokhov's Swimmer

    Listen to Shinji Eshima, Associate Principal Contrabass of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra on composing the music for Yuri Possokhov's Swimmer. “These are all the things that Yuri loves about America,” says Eshima, whose score begins with a trumpet solo that blossoms into a brass chorale, alluding...