To kick of the evening, ‘Slonimsky’s Earbox’ is a virtuosic piece composed in 1995 by Bay Area hero John Adams. The orchestra played the cascading phrases of minimalist patterns with remarkable precision and energy.
Alonzo King’s choreography for the four movements of Alberto Ginastera’s Ballet Suite ‘Estancia’ is a joyride, from the breathless opening of ‘Los trabajadores’ to the weaving performance of the ‘Danza del trigo’ and ‘Los peones de hacienda’. The nine dancers of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet excelled themselves at athletic jumps and limber, airy movements within the explosive last dance of the suite, the ‘Malambo’.
Four Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a
La noche de los Mayas
IV. "Noche de encantamiento"
San Francisco Symphony
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
esperanza spalding, vocals & bass
Ravi Coltrane, saxophone
Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
Leo Genovese, piano