By Adam Hetrick
26 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 San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for the recording, which is produced by two-time Grammy winner Adam Abeshouse.
PS Classics has previously collaborated with Yeston on the 2003 revival cast album of Nine, as well as the Off-Broadway cast album of Death Takes a Holiday. Studio albums include "The Maury Yeston Songbook," Laura Osnes' "If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston" and "December Songs."
"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' Skywalker Sound, with a full complement of forty strings under the baton of Martin West. It was a genuine dream come true," Yeston said in a statement to Playbill.com.
(Numerous theatre recordings are also available at PlaybillStore.com.)
Click through to listen to five tracks from Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts and to read Yeston's insight on the piece.Continued...