AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Five Songs from Maury Yeston's Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts

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15 Aug 2013

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PS Classics will release the world-premiere recording of Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Maury Yeston's Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts Aug. 27. In anticipation of the album's release, Yeston has made five tracks available for preview to the readers of, offering plot, background and insights into how the music came to be written.

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

"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 "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."

Click through to listen to five tracks from Tom Sawyer – A Ballet in Three Acts and to read Yeston's insight on the piece.


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