– a cantata in prologue, epilogue and three scenes
With Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Masterworks Chorale, Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Pacific Sticks Percussion Ensemble, featuring soprano Shawnette Sulker, tenor Corey Head, baritone Zachary Gordin; conductor Dr. Bryan Baker and choreographer/director Gregory Amato; music by Carl Orff based on 13th century sacred and profane texts sung in Latin.
The evening will begin with a short program of mixed repertory dances by Amato along with premieres by choreographers Aline Carili (Expresse) and Marika Brussel (Unleashed).
About the Director
Gregory Amato has a wide breadth of experience in the international world of ballet. During his four years with Ballet Du Nord in France, Mr. Amato performed in 53 countries. These included performances before the Queen of England, two presidents, numerous ambassadors, dignitaries and prime ministers.
He was tapped by New York City Ballet principal dancer Edward Villella to join him as a founding member of Villella's Miami City Ballet. After relocating to the Bay Area, he was similarly chosen by Michael Smuin as a founding member of Smuin Ballet. While dancing there, Smuin created several ballets on Mr. Amato, including "Frankie and Johnny,” and "Cyrano." He also appeared in the movie, "The Fantastics," which Smuin choreographed.
Mr. Amato's primary teacher and inspiration was New York City Ballet Dancer, Nolan T'Sani. He also studied under full scholarships at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.
Mr. Amato competed and won the gold medal in the Fred Astaire International Ballroom Dance Competition. Despite his impressive ballet career, his personal highlight was his experience as the featured dancer at Carnegie Hall for the 100th Celebration of George Gershwin’s birthday.
Saturday, September 24th, 7pm
Sunday, September 25th, 2pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo
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