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Stream these: San Francisco Ballet, Steinway Society, Pear Theatre

- — Randy McMullen, Staff, and Andrew Gilbert, Correspond­ent

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.

 ?? ERIK TOMASSON — SAN FRANCISCO BALLET ?? Sasha De Sola performs in S.F. Ballet’s 2020 production of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
ERIK TOMASSON — SAN FRANCISCO BALLET Sasha De Sola performs in S.F. Ballet’s 2020 production of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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