28th Anniversary Performance

April 7, 2022

Celebrate Diablo Ballet’s 28th Anniversary with a one-night only performance at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

The performance will be offered in person with a digital option as well. In theatre tickets are available through the Lesher Center for the Arts ticket office. Purchases can be made online, by calling (925) 943-SHOW or in person at the ticket office.

The in-theatre performance will be performed at the Lesher Center for the Arts in the Hofmann Theatre April 7, 2022. Click here to read through the Lesher Center for the Arts updated vaccination and safety guidelines. Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all guests age 12 and over, and face coverings are required to be worn by all guests age two and over when visiting the Lesher Center for the Arts.

The digital performance will be a recording of the live performance and will be available for viewing from Friday, April 15, 2022 beginning at 9 am PST through Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 9 pm PST.  You can watch the performance as many times as you like whenever you like during those 10 days.

Senior communities – please contact dan@diabloballet.org for assistance with your virtual tickets. Any senior community orders placed through this webpage web page will be cancelled without refund.

Immediately following the performance, the night continues at Diablo Ballet’s 28th Anniversary Celebration which includes small bites, wine and a champagne toast with the dancers in Grower’s Square across the street from the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. For tickets to the after performance celebration, call (925) 943-1775, but please note tickets are limited. If you are a subscriber who purchased with your subscription, please make sure you RSVP here so that your name will be on the guest list.

For the full version of the 28th Anniversary Performance program, click here.

Sur le Fil

Music: Michael Wall, Yann Tiersen, Moondog
Choreography:Penny Saunders

Featured on the program is the company premiere of Penny Saunders’ Sur le Fil which premiered with Tulsa Ballet 2 in 2018.  The ballet was inspired by Saunders’ thoughts around the mischievousness nature of life, and the common reality we share of having personal secrets that we would prefer kept in the dark.


Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Choreography: Stanton Welch

A sweeping contemporary ballet set to music by Antonio Vivaldi, Orange is danced by three couples and choreographed by Australian choreographer Stanton Welch who is the Artistic Director at Houston Ballet.

Happy, You’re Happy

Music: Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 55: No. 1 in F Minor
Choreography: Michael Wells

Company dancer and choreographer, Michael Wells creates a new work in honor of our Anniversary Performance. The solo, performed by company dancer Jackie McConnell, will be set to the music of Frederic Chopin and played live by pianist Aileen Chanco.

Waltz of the Hours from Coppélia

Music: Leo Delibes
Staged by: Amanda Farris and Lauren Jonas

The program also includes a special performance of “Waltz of the Hours” from Coppélia performed by our advanced level students at Diablo Ballet School.

Flames of Paris

Music: Boris Asafyev
Choreography: Vasily Vainonen

An encore presentation of the spectacular Flames of Paris staged by Lauren Jonas featuring the entire company. The ballet set to music by Boris Asafyev based on songs of the French Revolution originally premiered at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in 1932 and later premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet 1933.


The virtual presentation will be a recording of the live performance and will be available for viewing Friday, April 15, 2022 at 9:00 am PST through Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 9:00 pm PST. One ticket per household.  Tickets can be purchased through Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 pm PST.