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Stream these: San Francisco Ballet, Steinway Society, Pear Theatre
Here are some streaming productions Bay Area arts fans should know about.
San Francisco Ballet: The company streams George Balanchine’s masterly “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” beginning this week, a recording of a 2020 production that was cut short by the pandemic. Set to music by Mendelssohn, the 1962 ballet was Balanchine’s first original evening-length work, and it cemented his reputation as the art form’s foremost figure. Details: Today-Feb. 10; $29, plus $5 fee for 24-hour access; premium plus digital pass, $289; www.sfballet.org
Steinway Society: The San Jose-based piano recital series kicks off its 2021 streaming schedule with Andrew Li in a program aptly titled “A Gift for Music Since Childhood.” The piano prodigy was racking up competition medals at an early age, starting with
winning first place in in the Bay State Piano Competition in Massachusetts for five consecutive years, at ages 7-12, and then first prize for two consecutive years at the Steinway Competition in Boston. In his exclusive performance for Steinway Society, Li will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Stravinsky. Next up for the series is award-winner Anna Fedorova, Feb. 19-22. Details: Streaming Friday through Monday; $20 per household; steinwaysociety. com.
“Fairfield”: Pear Theatre in Mountain View presents a streaming production of this “somewhat uneasy contemporary comedy” by Eric Coble about a progressive, integrated school at which well-intentioned Black History Month observances go horribly awry. The work is co-directed by Aldo Billingslea and Pear Theatre artistic director Sinjin Jones. Details: Streaming Friday through Feb. 21; $30-$37; www. thepear.org.