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The Ballet Orchestra Clarinetist, Volume 1

This volume contains excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s three ballets: “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Nutcracker.” Each excerpt is annotated and discussed as to how it should be played musically, and suggestions that may help players facilitate the technical aspects of the music and be aware of any performance concerns. Authors Plotkin, of Local 6 (San Fracisco, CA), and Hartman, of Local 802 (New York City), both have performed ballets extensively in the US and around the world.

The Ballet Orchestra Clarinetist, Volume 1, by Mara Plotkin and Steven Hartman, Northeastern Music Publications Inc., www.presser.com.

Sarasota Ballet Dancers Vote to Unionize

In a joint press release the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and The Sarasota Ballet announced that the company will join other top national ballet companies as members of AGMA. “We are thrilled to welcome the professional artists from The Sarasota Ballet into the AGMA family,” says AGMA National Executive Director Leon Egert. “We anticipate a collaborative process with the management of The Sarasota Ballet to help propel this critically acclaimed ballet company to even higher levels of achievement.”

Since Director Iain Webb took over 10 years ago, the company has increased the number of programs, introduced more than 140 ballets and divertissements into the repertoire—including 39 world premieres and seven American premieres. They have added live music, utilizing Sarasota Orchestra, members of Local 427-721 (Tampa Bay, FL) for some performances.

Negotiations for a first contract are expected to commence within a couple weeks.