February 2020 - Let Us Entertain You: Alice in Wonderland Ballet
The New Mexico Philharmonic and the New Mexico Ballet Company invite you to leap down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fully staged, thrilling night of fantastical music and dance! It’s the Alice in Wonderland Ballet at Popejoy Hall on February 29th at 6:00 p.m. David Felberg, conductor, Anna Sofia Bridge, director, Amanda Rohr, Alice, original choreography by Natalie Harris, and performed to the music of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical”; Alexander Glazunov’s The Seasons: “Winter,” “Summer,” and “Autumn,” and Symphony No. 4; Bedrich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride: “Polka” and “Dance of the Comedians”; and Anatoly Lyadov’s The Enchanted Lake.
Albuquerque native, violinist, and conductor David Felberg is Associate Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic. He also serves as Artistic Director and co-founder of Chatter Sunday, Chatter 20-21, and Chatter Cabaret. He is the concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony and Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic. He also teaches contemporary music at the University of New Mexico. His robust conducting career has included conducting the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and many performances of contemporary music with Chatter. David performs throughout the Southwest as a concert soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.
Anna Sofia Bridge discovered her love for ballet while growing up dancing in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She received her early training at New Mexico Dance Theater & Performance Company under the artistic direction of Susan Baker-Dillingham. Anna went on to attend the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in ballet and modern dance and a minor in arts administration. While at TCU, Anna received the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship and the Walt Steimel Dance Scholarship. She is also a BASI Pilates instructor. When Anna moved back to New Mexico in 2018, she became the School Director for the New Mexico Ballet Company. She is thrilled to be directing NMBC’s 2020 production of Alice in Wonderland.
Amanda Rohr began her ballet training at the age of five learning the Cecchetti method with Joan Shelton Mason followed by training in the Vaganova Method at San Diego Ballet Academy. She studied on full scholarship at The Jillana School rounding out her ballet technique in the Balanchine style. After being invited to New York for the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition Amanda started her professional career dancing with Ballet Idaho, performing in the corps de ballet as well as performing various soloist roles, before joining New Mexico Ballet Company in 2014. Amanda has been featured in roles including Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade. This is Amanda’s sixth season dancing with NMBC.
Tickets for all Popejoy Classics concerts range from $22 to $90 and may be purchased at unmtickets.com, UNM ticket offices, and at the UNM Bookstore. They can also be purchased by phone at 505-925-5858, option 2.