Peter & The Wolf and Carnival of the Animals

Performance

Valentine Theatre

May 1 - 2, 2020

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May 1, 2020, 7 PM
May 2, 2020, 3 PM

Michael Lang, choreographer
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Toledo Ballet featured dancers
Toledo Symphony musicians

Don't miss Prokofiev's timeless tale of a boy and his extraordinary bravery! Then, thrill to Saint-Saëns' beloved classic Carnival of the Animals. Featuring dancers from Toledo Ballet and musicians from Toledo Symphony, this program is sure to delight!

Michael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for The Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created eleven original full length productions for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016), Tales of Grimm…(2017), Broadway at the Ballet (2018), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2019).

Other choreographic credits include: Original Source with TSO (2019), Degas and the Dance—Awkward Girl with TMA (2015), All are One with TMA—inspired by and interactively performed with Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break (2015); Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with TSO (2015). Tied Notes (2013), The Soldier’s Tale with TSO (2012); and Révérence—A Tribute to Marie Vogt (2009). 

Michael performed for over three decades in Indianapolis (where he is originally from), Chicago, Los Angeles, Hamburg Germany, Miami, Orlando, and New York City. Michael was a dancer, high aerial tumbler, and a stuntman and he performed for more than a decade in the original Los Angeles & NYC productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Michael is a Certified Personal Trainer, a NCPT Certified Pilates instructor, and a NY, OH, & MI Licensed Massage Therapist.  At the Toledo Ballet he teaches Contemporary Dance, Musical Theater, Acting, Conditioning, Pilates, and Ballerina Warrior (a self-defense class for girls).  Michael is also head of Performance Outreach and he is the Director of The Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness Studio. 

Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is quickly making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and versatility.  The Buffalo News notes, “He presents a tall, dignified and stately podium presence with a quite clear beat, a good sense of shaping melodic lines, and an all business attitude that focused on the music without any histrionics.”  Kraemer was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in 2015 and recently extended his commitment with the ICO through 2023.  He also serves as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony (PA) and the Marion Philharmonic (IN).  His active guest conducting schedule includes appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, Syracuse, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as Canada’s Mississauga Symphony, Niagara Symphony, and Hamilton Philharmonic and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués.  Upcoming highlights include performances with Amy Porter, Tessa Lark, Andrés Cárdenes, Orion Weiss, Norman Krieger, Nicholas Canellakis, and the PRISM Quartet.  Future engagements include the Arkansas Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Rochester Philharmonic.

Recipient of the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Kraemer was a resident conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Salzburg Music Festival.  He served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014, where he regularly led the orchestra on each of its concert series.  Kraemer has additionally served as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra (2012-2017) and associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (2007-2010).  He has performed with many leading artists, including Lang Lang, Awadagin Pratt, Christopher O’Riley, Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Barton Pine, David Kim, Gary Karr, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, Jim Brickman, the Indigo Girls, Il Volo, Wynona Judd, and Natalie Merchant, among others.  A frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he served as conductor for many of her symphony engagements nationwide.  His performances are broadcast regularly on NPR’s Performance Today. 

An Indiana native, Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.  He has additionally participated in the National Arts Center Conductor’s Program in Ottawa, Canada.  His conducting teachers include David Zinman, Robert Spano, Stanley DeRusha, and Jorma Panula.  Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder. An accomplished violinist, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet.  His principal violin teachers include Phillip Ruder, Herbert Greenberg, and Larry Shapiro.  When he is not performing, Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading.   He and his wife, Megan, reside in Indianapolis with their sons Gabriel and Nathaniel.

Colette Beans (Peter & the Wolf: Cat, Meadow) is a freshman at Southview High School and has been dancing for nine years. She is a Toledo Ballet Company member and a Second Soloist. Her favorite style of dance is ballet. She recently performed in her eighth Nutcracker and her favorite roles include Clara and Lead Snow. Colette also enjoys contemporary and has been in several of Michael Lang’s original productions such as, The Fawn in Alice Through the Looking Glass, as a featured dancer in Carmina Burana and most recently in Petrushka. She has participated in the Youth American Grand Prix competition with Toledo Ballet placing in the top 24 in the Junior Classical Ballet category.

 

Kaitlyn Boellner (Peter & the Wolf: Cat, Meadow) began training with the Toledo Ballet at the age of 4. She has been a Company member for five years with this being her second year as a Company Principal. Kaitlyn has studied ballet and contemporary dance under the instruction of Lisa Mayer-Lang, Michael Lang, Kristi DelVerne, and the majority of Toledo Ballet’s faculty; as well as jazz under Sara Wegrzyn. She has also trained with guest artists Renato Penteado, Tricia Albertson, Soili Arvola, Lauren Fadeley, and Megan Stuart. She just completed her thirteenth year in The Nutcracker. Some of her more recent roles include Dew Drop, Lead Flute, Lead Tea, Columbine, Lead Snow, Flowers and Sweets. In September of 2018, Kaitlyn performed the role of Two Swans in Swan Lake accompanied by Toledo Symphony Orchestra. She has danced in If These Walls Could DanceFrom Heart to QuillAlice in Wonderland, Degas and the DanceThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as a Slaughtering Child in The Tales of Grimm..., and Broadway at the Ballet. She has also danced the role of White Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, a featured dancer in Carmina Burana and as the Ballerina in Petrushka. Outside of Toledo Ballet, Kaitlyn represented Springfield High School in Youth Leadership Toledo’s class of 2018. She is an active member of Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence, a philanthropy-based group of Toledo-area juniors and seniors. Kaitlyn also attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference of Western Ohio in 2018. She is a senior at Springfield High School.

Sadie Evener (Peter & the Wolf: Duck) is a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy and has been dancing at Toledo Ballet since the age of three. She is a Toledo Ballet Company member and Second Soloist. Sadie has received training in classical ballet from Lisa Mayer-Lang, Kristi DelVerne, Ann Heckler, Cheryl Walter, and Ariel Clouse, as well as contemporary and jazz training from Michael Lang. She has also received instruction from visiting guest artists, Soili Arvola, Renato Penteado, Megan Stuart, Lauren Fadeley, and Tricia Albertson. In September 2018, she danced in Swan Lake, staged by Lisa Mayer-Lang, accompanied by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Sadie has performed in several of Michael Lang’s original productions, including Alice in Wonderland; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Tales of Grimm…; Broadway at the Ballet, Alice Through The Looking Glass as Rose and Tweedledum, and Petrushka. This past December Sadie danced in her tenth Nutcracker under the direction of Lisa Mayer-Lang. Some of her favorite roles include Snowflake, Flowers, Sweets, Flutes, Toy Soldier Doll, Harlequin, and Ginger Snap.

Domonique Glover (Peter & the Wolf: Wolf) began his dance career as a senior, studying Mathematics, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He took classes in ballet, modern, and contemporary as a member of the Spelman Dance Theater student company. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and moved back home to Toledo, Ohio where continued studying dance locally. Since 2009, Dom has choreographed several pieces and musicals reaching from southeast Michigan to Cleveland, including Hairspray, West Side Story, and Ragtime. He has taught contemporary dance styles at various studios, including Toledo Ballet. Throughout the years, he has performed on various stages, reaching from the Goerge E. Potter Center in Jackson, Michigan over to the Breen Center for Performing Arts in Cleveland, Ohio, down to the Knight Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dom hopes to inspire people through dance; to encourage people to live honestly and embrace the arts around their community and beyond. He is truly grateful for all those he has met along this incredible journey. 

Gabrielle Grossmann (Peter & the Wolf: Bird, Meadow) is a sophomore and Northview High School and is a Toledo Ballet Second Soloist where she had been dancing since the age of four. She has performed in numerous Toledo Ballet productions including Alice in Wonderland; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Broadway at the Ballet; Alice Through The Looking Glass and Petrushka. She has also been a part of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcrackers for ten years. Some of favorite roles include Clara, Snowflake and Sweets.

 

 

 

Kiera Lang (Peter & the Wolf: Peter, Meadow) 14 years old. Kiera began dancing at the age of 3 at Toledo Ballet. Kiera was also a competitive gymnast for many years until her love of ballet took her into a full time ballet student. She has performed in numerous productions of the Nutcracker in the roles of Ginger Snap, Mouse, White Mouse, Candy Cane, Party Girl, Clara’s Friend, Big Soldier, Lead Angel, Clara, Sweets, Lead Tea, Soldier Doll and Lead Snow. Kiera’s spring productions include Alice in Wonderland as Little Alice and Hedgehog, Alice Through the Looking Glass as a Flower, and this year will be performing as Peter in Peter & the Wolf and as Wild A in Carnival. Kiera will also be performing in Petrushka as a modern day hippie.

 

Olivia Urban (Peter & the Wolf: Wolf, Meadow) is a home-schooled high school junior and a Company Member of Toledo Ballet. She began her classical ballet training at the age of eight and has been dancing with Toledo Ballet for four years. Through the years, in addition to ballet, she has studied jazz, contemporary, tap, acting, hip hop, and has had voice training. She has received exceptional dance and stage instruction from Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang and many others from Toledo Ballet’s faculty. Olivia has also trained under Soili Arvola, Renato Penteado, Lauren Fadeley, and Megan Stuart through Toledo Ballet’s Summer Intensive Programs. She has performed in three of Michael Lang’s original productions including Tales of Grimm…, Broadway at the Ballet, Alice Through the Looking Glass, a featured dancer in Carmina Burana, and in Petrushka as well as performing in four of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcrackers. A few of Olivia’s favorite Nutcracker roles include Spanish, Arabian and Snow. Through the excellent acting, singing, and musical theater instruction Olivia has received from the Toledo Ballet, Olivia was cast in The Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s, Young Rep Series production of West Side Story as “Anita” this past summer.

Lauren Woodward (Peter & the Wolf: Peter, Meadow; Carnival: Wild Ass) is a senior at Anthony Wayne High School and a Principal dancer of Toledo Ballet where she has been dancing since the age of five. She has training in classical ballet, contemporary, and jazz under the instruction of Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang. Highlights for Lauren include performing the role of Clara in the 75th and 76th anniversary of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker, as well as Dew Drop and Lead Flute in this year’s production. Other favorite Nutcracker roles include Dew Drop, Lead Snow, and Sweets. She has also had the privilege to perform original choreography by Michael Lang in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with The Toledo Symphony and Degas and the Dance at the Toledo Museum of Art. Lauren has performed in Mr. Lang’s other original productions including From Heart to QuillAlice in Wonderland, the role of Toto in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Storybook Red in an another original production, Tales of Grimm…, a featured dancer in Broadway at the Ballet. She has also performed as Alice in last year’s spring production of Alice Through the Looking Glass and as a featured dancer in Carmina Burana. Additionally, Lauren has competed as a Soloist for four years in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in both Classical and Contemporary. The summer of 2018, Lauren attended the esteemed American Ballet Theatre Intensive in Tampa, Florida. After auditioning and being accepted into two of the nation’s top dance programs, Indiana University and Butler University, she is excited to pursue a dance major through Indiana University’s contemporary dance program.  

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