Musical Wunderkind- Choir & Cellists
New in 2013!
Local Youth Choirs perform live in Great Russian Nutcracker
Talented youth accompany Moscow Ballet principal dancers in Act I’s Grand Finale
Moscow Ballet continues to develop its educational mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities it performs in by including Youth Choirs as vocal accompaniment to the compelling “Waltz of the Snowflakes”.
The youth groups welcome patrons to the theatre performing their own repertoire before the curtain rises and sing a cappella for the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” dance at the end of Act I. The children range in age from 7 to 18 years and practice with experienced and award-winning music directors prior to the performances. The live performance experience, in some of the country’s finest music halls, is an invaluable and rare opportunity for them.
Moscow Ballet will feature children’s choirs from Baltimore to Spokane as “Musical Wunderkind – Choirs” on the 2013 annual North American tour including: the American Kodaly Children’s Chorus led by Dr. Alsion Shirk in Baltimore on December 21; Central Arkansas Children’s Choir led by Director Sheri Cook-Cunningham in Little Rock on November 24; Minnesota Children’s Choir led by Kathy Saltzman Romey in Minneapolis on December 6 and 7; Texas Children’s Choir led by Artistic Director Thomas Hardaway in San Antonio on December 23; Crescendo Community Chorus led by Artistic Director Sharon Rodkey Smith in Spokane on November 13 and 14, the Tridelphia Middle School Choir led by Joyce Jingle in Wheeling Nov 27 and the Wichita Children’s Community Choir led by Artistic Director Jennifer Crowley Johnson in Wichita on December 1.
Award-winning teen violinists open Moscow Ballet performances in Chicago, Detroit, Fairfax, Los Angeles, Memphis, Montgomery, Minneapolis and Spokane
“Musical Wunderkind” program highlights teens performing Saint Saens “Dying Swan”
Eight “Musical Wunderkind” accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerina in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in 8 cities on the national tour. The eight, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina.
Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winnersacross the country and is unprecedented. The live experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.
“Musical Wunderkind – Cellists” in 2013 are Chicago’s Hannah White; Detroit’s Adé Williams; Fairfax’ Fedor Ouspensky; Los Angeles Annelle Kazumi Gregory; Memphis’ Alana Olswing; Minneapolis’ Luther Warren; Montgomery’s Melody Sim and Spokane’s DG Kim.