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Composer: Thomson, Virgil (1896-1989)

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Year of birth1896
Year of death1989
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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Victorian youth breeze through nonsense opera

Raphael Wong (St Ignatius) and ensemble © Charlie Kinross
Through youth, technology and playfulness, Victorian Opera's production of Gertrude Stein's avant-garde curiosity becomes a refreshing look into the future.
***11
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Alek Shrader - a mysterious Wigmore debut

Alek Shrader © Peter Schaaf
Alek Shrader's Wigmore Hall debut was thrilling, touching, charming and mysterious.
***11
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SFB: program 7

Frances Chung, Jennifer Stahl, Dores André, Joseph Walsh in Peck's In the Countenance of the King © Erik Tomasson
What Wheeldon seems to have used from this musical concept for the formation of the choreography is the idea of a mechanical universe, overrun by the presence of time.
***11
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Mixed works from SFB

Sofianne Sylve in Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet opens Program 2 of the 2016 season with pieces by two cornerstone American choreographers, George Balanchine and Mark Morris, and a world première by British choreographer Liam Scarlett.
***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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