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Composer: Sousa, John Philip (1854-1932)

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Year of birth1854
Year of death1932
NationalityUnited States
PeriodRomantic
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San Francisco Ballet's 85th Season Gala

Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in Balanchine's Stars And Stripes (Ch: George Balanchine) © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet gives a rousing account of Justin Peck's ground-breaking Rodeo, newcomers Ana Sophia Scheller and Ulrik Birkkjær make waves, and Carlo DiLanno wins my vote for MVP at this season's gala. 
***11
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The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Stars and Stripes: Allynne Noelle and Thomas Garrett © Paul Kolnik
Suzanne Farrell's revived premiere of Balanchine's Gounod Symphony is a triumph of form. 
***11
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American Ballet Theatre's 70th anniversary Rodeo

Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin in the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes  ©  Gene Schiavone
American Ballet Theatre’s gala performance for the opening of its New York season was wonderfully varied and matched the level of excitement necessary to kick off a run at the prestigious City Center.
***11
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