Takács Quartet. Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, String Quartet No. 4, String Quartet No. 6. 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University. $25-$75 (adults); $10 (Stanford students). 650-725-2464 or http://live.stanford.edu. Cypress String Quartet. 3 p.m. Jan. 26. Salon Series 2013-2014: Slavic Soundscapes. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 11; Britten: String Quartet No. 3; Benjamin Lees: String Quartet No. 5 (2001).Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. $50. 415-500-2150 or www.cypressquartet.com/special-projects/cypress-salon-series.
The company program this weekend at the Lesher Center included what this newspaper’s critic, Ann Murphy, called the “musically stormy” and athletic “Weather One,” a world ballet tutu tags premiere by former American Ballet Theatre ballerina Susan Jaffe, and the “brooding and often beautiful” “Railroad Joint” by Yuri Zhukov, The company will repeat the program Feb, 13 to 16 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco and plans a spring program, “Adjusting the Lens,” to be performed at the ODC Theater in San Francisco April 25 to May 3 and at the Lesher Center May 5 to 11..
On the website of the Kommersant daily, Dmitrichenko accused the ballet critic of bias, calling the writer “a failed performer.” Kommersant later took down his comment. One of the screenshots of the detailed remarks read: “I’m happy, I’m accomplished, I work with the genius of a teacher, I work with a genius, Grigorovich himself!!! What about you??”. Yuri Grigorovich led the dance company for three decades, resigning in 1995, after losing a protracted dispute with theater management, but he remains on the Bolshoi staff. Dancers and teachers still loyal to Grigorovich have resisted efforts by a series of successive artistic directors to bring a more modern repertoire to the theater, still celebrated mainly for the classical ballets that grace its stage. Filin, who danced for the Bolshoi from 1989 until 2007, was seen as capable of bridging that gap.
Choreographed by Sharon Sobel, the three-act dramatization features local ballerinas ages 4-17 with music by Shostakovich, Glazunov and Wagner, The ballet tells the story of ballet tutu tags a young waif who is afraid to go home because she was unable to sell any matches on a cold and snowy New Year’s Eve, To warm her freezing fingers, she strikes a match and through the flame has a vision of a better life, When the flame dies, the dream leaves her, The second match brings back illusions of her dead grandmother and of a beautiful Christmas party, Vision after vision appears with each new match, until the entire bundle is gone..
The Sunnyvale Community Awards will recognize “outstanding” residents including a high school senior, educator, businessperson, community volunteer and a distinguished resident. Two residents will also be honored for outstanding contributions to the arts and environmental achievement. The event will close the road between All American Parkway and Charles Street as well as Olive Avenue, where food trucks will line up. The city is coordinating with VTA for alternate routes as a result of the closure.