Thanks to Ballet San Jose’s partnership with ABT–an association initiated around the same time as Carreño’s swan song–fate was already pushing him toward the West Coast. In retirement, Carreño had planned nothing much beyond guest stints for two or three years, and perhaps exploring TV. Bunheads across the country got a good look at his talent when he was featured on Hollywood’s Dancing With the Stars last year and in 2011. This February he appeared with Ballet San Jose, where his performance in Don Quixote was a revelation in many ways.
Other big stars in the lineup are violinist Joshua Bell, who closes out the festival in Yountville’s Lincoln Theater on July 22 on a double bill with celebrated pianist Helene Grimaud, He will play the Barber Violin Concerto; she will perform the Ravel Piano Concerto, The Russian National Orchestra will back them both up, American baritone Nathan Gunn, currently doing a star turn as Papageno the birdcatcher in San Francisco Opera’s white slippers, handmade slippers, women slippers, non-slip slippers, ballet flats, bow slippers, wedding slippers, gift wrapped production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” will make his first Festival del Sole appearance, performing in the Castello di Amorosa on July 18 with his pianist wife, Julie Jordan Gunn, as accompanist, Other stars booked include guitarist Angel Romero, sopranos Danielle de Niese and Lisa Delan, cellist Nina Kotova and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre..
That’s when his grandmother (Blankenship) tells him that “It’s time to start living,” and with a quartet of men wearing red-and-yellow ruffled tops, gets the audience to join in a sing-along.Eventually the Leading Player introduces him to Catherine, a lovely young widow with “a large estate.” Catherine (a sweet, caring performance by Kaitlin Zablotsky) and, eventually, Pippin realize that his search for meaning and fulfillment is best achieved through a life with Catherine. One other actor deserves mention here because Elizabeth Claire Lawrence, as the King’s avarice wife, Fastrada, is another amazing amazon. Statuesque with long, flowing red hair and flashing eyes, she wants her feeble-minded son Lewis (a hilarious Michael Weiland) to become king when Charles is gone, so her sole goal is to promote Lewis and backstab Pippin.
The State of the City festivities kicked off with community honoree awards, including a special award for fallen officer Michael Johnson, accepted by his widow Nikki Johnson and his mother Katherine Decker, Johnson is the San Jose police officer who was fatally shot last March while responding to a 911 call involving a suicidal man, The crowd also was treated to an energetic dance performance that included Olympic figure skater Polina Edmunds, Following the address, Liccardo said he wanted to focus on three main points: saving, investing and innovating, He spent a great deal of time on the last one — asking white slippers, handmade slippers, women slippers, non-slip slippers, ballet flats, bow slippers, wedding slippers, gift wrapped the crowd to “unleash your inner geek” — his mantra for encouraging people to use technology to come up creative ways to solve problems..
What nonsense! Thanks to Igor Volsky of Think Progress for poking holes in such a phony display of concern. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted “The senseless loss of innocent life in San Bernardino defies explanation. Our thoughts are w/ the victims & their families,” Volsky tweeted back: “NRA dumped $922K into McConnell’s re-elect bid, so when it comes to preventing gun violence all u get is this tweet.”. Sure, prayers are fine. But prayers aren’t enough. And prayers are no substitute for action — a point made dramatically by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., on Oct. 1. When news broke of a shooting on the campus of a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, then-Speaker John Boehner asked the House to observe a moment of silence — at the end of which Schakowsky shouted out: “Now let’s do something!”.