Eric Garcia conductor
Ricardo Amarante choreographer
Arturo MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Hiawatha Suite (Ballet)
Rodion SHCHEDRIN Carmen Suite (after Bizet)
We dare you to make it through this concert without tapping your toes! The exuberant energy of Latin dance bursts onto stage with Márquez's famous orchestral showpiece, complete with snappy syncopations and the clap of castinents. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor tells the legendary story of Ojibwe warrior Hiawatha through music that moves. Then, the drama turns up for Shcherdrin's creative reimagination of Bizet's famous opera Carmen, brought to life by Ballet Idaho. Don't miss this inventive and loving remix of the themes we all know and love, from the sultry Habañera to the brash song of the Toreador.
Praised for his “elegant and expressive” conducting, Eric Garcia is Music Director of the Boise Phil and Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Music Society SummerFest. Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops, and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release: Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.
Ricardo Amarante began training in Brazil and went on to complete his studies at the National Ballet School Cuba and English National Ballet School. Ricardo developed his interest in choreography with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp. His ballets have been performed in New York Paris, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, London, Brussels, Warsaw, San Francisco and many more.
Ballet Idaho creates inspiring experiences through performances and education. Ballet Idaho offers a full season of performances from November through May and serves more than 24,000 audience members and their educational outreach programs serve over 15,000 students during the academic year.