Saturday, December 9, 2023

Program: "Holiday Pops!"

Holiday Pops!

Saturday, December 9, 2023 • 7:00 PM

The Concord Band

James O‘Dell, Music Director and Conductor
Melenie Diarbekirian, Artistic Director, Commonwealth Ballet Company

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Overture to a Winter FestivalJames Curnow
Suite on Celtic Folk Songstrans. by Tomohiro Tatebe
I. March; II. Air; III. Reel.
Beachscapes, III. ScarboroughRoger Cichy
Suite from The NutcrackerP.I. Tchaikovsky
arr. James Curnow
Miniature Overture; March; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance; Russian Dance; Dance of the Reed Pipes; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; Waltz of the Flower.
Commonwealth Ballet Company
Adele Anderson, Livvy Capello, Mallory Devlin, Angelina Feng, Sage Gendreau-Distler, Cecilia Lapinski, Heather Lardizabal, Nika Lysyj, Snejanna Ostrerov, Elle Ricker, Marina Ricker, Lucia Sabatelli, Nahia Sáenz de Viguera Washa, Maddie Smith, Ava Yadav.


Three New England Caricatures, I. Jolly Old RogerJames Curnow
Three Moods of Hanukkaharr. Lennie Niehaus
Wenceslas VariationsJay Dawson
An Irving Berlin Christmasarr. Warren Barker
Santa Stroll
Saxophone Quartet
Tim Moyer (soprano), David Southard (alto),
Judy Piermarini (tenor), Dan Shields (baritone).
Sleigh RideLeroy Anderson
Christmas Sing-A-Longarr. James D. Ployhar
Jake Kinney, song leader
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Deck the Halls;
Silent Night; The First Noel; Joy to the World; We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Auld Lang Synearr. William Toland

Melenie Diarbekirian, Artistic Director of the Commonwealth Ballet Company

Melenie Diarbekirian

Melenie Diarbekirian received her early training from Acton School of Ballet, was a member of Commonwealth Ballet Company from 2004-2007, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2011. She started out her professional career with Urbanity Dance and currently dances with Pantos Project Dance, Luminarium Dance Company, and Turning Key Dance. While in school and throughout her career, she has performed works by prominent choreographers including José Limón, Alwin Nikolais, Thang Dao, Larry Keigwin, and in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! She has performed in venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, events like the APAP Conference in New York City, TEDxCambridge at the Boston Opera House, and many other festivals and colleges along the East Coast. Diarbekirian serves on the faculty at the Acton School of Ballet and guest teaches throughout greater Boston and New England. Diarbekirian previously served as CBC’s Ballet Mistress for five seasons, and is grateful to be in her second year as Artistic Director.

Commonwealth Ballet Company

Commonwealth Ballet delivers artistic and entertaining performances in a welcome, family-friendly style. This company of pre-professional dancers is drawn from across metro-west Massachusetts and, in addition to a much-loved production of The Nutcracker, offers audiences many opportunities to enjoy ballet throughout the year. Commonwealth Ballet develops, fosters and promotes the performance and appreciation of classical and contemporary ballet. CBC endeavors to maintain strong ties with the communities it serves, provides a sustainable educational opportunity for young dancers, and demonstrates the highest level of artistic quality.