Adelphi Orchestra presents “Mystical Songs and Dances of Scheherazade” Featuring Sara Pearson (soprano) and Ballet Neo

Adelphi Orchestra presents

“Mystical Songs and Dances of Scheherazade”

Featuring Sara Pearson (soprano) and Ballet Neo


March 26 2017 3:00 PM

Riverdell Middle School
230 Woodland Ave, River Edge, NJ  07661



RIVER EDGE, NJ (February 10, 2017) The Adelphi Orchestra continues its 63rd season of “Music for All” with a concert entitled “Mystical Songs and Dances of Scheherazade” Sunday March 26th 3PM at River Dell Regional Middle School.  The orchestra will perform works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Maurice Ravel and will be conducted by Richard Owen. The concert will feature guest soloists soprano Sara Pearson and Ballet Neo. The concert is free and open to the public and is supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, through funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Adelphi Orchestra’s concert “Mystical Songs and Dances of Scheherazade” will showcase two beloved compositions by Maurice Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin and Ravel’s own work Schehezade, his rarely performed interpretation of the enigmatic tale of the Arabian Nights scored for solo voice and orchestra.

The concert’s finale will present Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterwork Scheherazade, Op. 35. Accompanying Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral work, The Adelphi Orchestra proudly presents the premiere of an original work of choreography by Kate Thomas featuring New York City’s noted dance troupe Ballet Neo.

About Ballet Neo  

Ballet Neo celebrates the technical aesthetic of classical ballet, exploring the discipline as an expressive tool, creating compelling theatrical experiences.  Ballet Neo’s powerful dancers master the scope the repertory of neo- classical works by Artistic Director, Choreographer Kate Thomas. Thomas’ ballets encompass sophisticated motifs of intimacy and loneliness, classical narratives, and refined responses to experimental music. Artistic Director, Kate Thomas collaborated with Grammy Award winning violinist, composer, Mark O’Connor to produce The Appalachian Suites Project, Flowers of Darkness, The Women of Monongah, the ballet suite was inspired by the largest industrial disaster in the United States: the Monongah, West Virginia mining disaster of 1907. The company has performed at the Downtown Dance Festival (August 2006), Dancers Responding to AIDS, International Dance Festival, An Evening with Chamber Ballet, Ballet Arts, “Measurement and Caution,” music by Nini Raviolette and Acoustica premiered in the New Choreographers on Pointe’, Ballet Builders, City. Ballet Neo performed in APAP at Peridance 2012, two New Choreographers on Pointe’s Previews at the 92nd Street Y and the Ailey Citigroup Theater, John Prinz and Friends at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. The company has produced biannual New York City seasons at Manhattan Movement and Arts.

About Kate Thomas  

Kate Thomas, Artistic Director of Ballet Neo creates contemporary ballets with mature narratives that range from deeply emotional personal stories to intricate interpretations of a wide variety of music. Thomas trained at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and performed with Graham based companies. Following her first work’s inclusion in Eleo Pomare’s Vital Arts Dance Festival Thomas turned from performance to choreography. Her company, Ballet Neo, performs regularly in venues such as the Downtown Dance Festival (August 2006, 2013, 2015), 4 Voices at Manhattan Movement and Arts, The Brooklyn Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to AIDS, The International Dance Festival of Staten Island Ballet, City Center Studios, NY. Dedicated to dance education, Thomas developed an approach to movement for young children utilized by many studios and pre-schools throughout the city.  Thomas founded B.Mus. Inc., a not for profit corporation to support her passion for choreography and dance education. B. Muse, Inc. provided dance programs, lecture demonstrations and performances to schools in Harlem, the South Bronx, and throughout Upper Manhattan through her Morningside Heights Dance Development Program. Kate Thomas is currently Director of The School at Steps, a Division of Steps on Broadway, and teaches Advanced Ballet Repertory. In the position of Director, she has redefined and developed the academic year curriculum-based program in all three divisions (Young Dancers, Technique and Pre-Professional), has created new programs for the Young Dancers Program, and has enhanced the Summer Programs offered by the school.

About Sara Pearson

Sara Pearson has performed extensively throughout the United States with companies such as Baltimore Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera, among many others. Recent appearances include Leonora (Trovatore) with New Rochelle Opera and Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue with Baltimore Lyric Opera. Additional roles in repertoire includeNedda (Pagliacci), the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, and Susannah, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Paolina (Donizetti’s Poliuto). Ms. Pearson has also performed important Orchestral works such as Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Next, she will perform Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Adelphi Orchestra and cover Leonora in La Forza del Destino with New Amsterdam Opera. Ms. Pearson received her Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and is currently based in New York City.



About The  Adelphi Orchestra  

The Adelphi Orchestra (AO) is a professional, non-profit orchestra offering symphony, chamber and educational concert programs in Northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, presenting concerts with accomplished national and international guest soloists and distinguished conductors. Currently nominated for the 2017 Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award in the Favorite Orchestra/Symphony Division, the Adelphi Orchestra is distinguished as northern New Jersey’s longest continuously performing orchestra and has been a proud member of the New Jersey cultural community for 63 years.

The mission of the Adelphi Orchestra is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of New Jersey, with special emphasis given to families with young children, seniors and those with limited financial means. To further this end, numerous concerts are offered free of admission charges.  The Adelphi Orchestra strives to advance the orchestral arts through education, commissions, and community partnerships and its robust young artist programming and scholarships, now in its 14th year.  Internally, the orchestra fosters a challenging and enjoyable environment where artistic excellence can flourish for its member musicians. The AO has been a recipient of a Bergen County Arts Grant since 2006 and in 2016 received a letter of commendation by the New Jersey legislature in recognition of its constant commitment and dedication to the residents and communities of Bergen County and the State of New Jersey.

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Adelphi Orchestra “Mystical Songs and Dances of Scheherazade”

Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 PM

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Riverdell Regional Middle School
230 Woodland Ave
River Edge, NJ 07661