By Adam Hetrick
15 Aug 2013
Adapted from Mark Twain's classic novel, Tom Sawyer received its premiere in October 2011 with the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas Symphony. It featured direction and choreography by William Whitener.
Martin West conducts the 70-piece San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for the PS Classics recording, which is produced by two-time Grammy winner Adam Abeshouse. The album is currently available for pre-order at PSClassics.com.
"I wanted the music to feel visual, to reflect the great heritage of our American music, and to be accessible to people of all ages," Yeston told Playbill.com. "After the premiere of the work in Kansas City, I was thrilled when the ballet and music world took notice. And then came an invitation from the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra to record the entire three-act, 85-minute work at George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound, with a full complement of forty strings under the baton of Martin West. It was a genuine dream come true."