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Sep 7, 2011 - Moscow Ballet and the nonprofit Fuel Fund of Maryland announce new partnership to raise $5 per ticket for Maryland families in need of energy assistance

Moscow Ballet and the nonprofit Fuel Fund of Maryland announce new partnership to raise $5 per ticket for Maryland families in need of energy assistance
Russian professionals help support the mission to keep needy Maryland families warm all winter

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
 

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Moscow Ballet: Sally Michael Keyes
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Fuel Fund of Maryland: Gayle V. Economos
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High resolution images: http://www.nutcracker.com/promo

(Baltimore, MD) Sep 7, 2011Moscow Ballet and the nonprofit Fuel Fund of Maryland announce a new partnership to benefit Marylanders in need of help with their energy bills this winter. Five dollars from each already specially discounted Fuel Fund ticket will go directly to provide heat and home utility assistance for community members most in need. Limited tickets are available for the four December 17 and 18 performances of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Lyric Opera House. To purchase specially discounted tickets and simultaneously make a donation to the Fuel Fund of Maryland, use the code “FUEL” and save up to $15 per ticket: from $88, $68 and $48 to $73, $58 or $45.50 respectively. Call 800-320-1733 or email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or go to http://www.nutcracker.com/fuelfund.

Fuel Fund Board President Marnell Allan Cooper, Attorney at Law with Palmer Cooper, LLC, comments, “We are very pleased to be partnering with the extraordinary energies and talent of the Moscow Ballet to help bring energy assistance and warmth to Maryland families this winter. The Great Russian Nutcracker has delighted audiences for many years. This holiday season our partnership means the audiences can be delighted AND caring. Five dollars per ticket will bring welcome relief to many people – of which over half are children!”

The Moscow Ballet performance in Baltimore features award-winning principal dancers, a corps of 30 plus dancers, 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life Russian puppets, 9 hand-painted backdrops that are embellished with 3-D effects – a must see for the whole family! Moscow Ballet’s beloved Christmas story received critical acclaim in 2010: “Expansive…Knock-out…Thrill” NY Times; “Breathtaking” Charleston Today; and “Aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer. 2011 marks Moscow Ballet’s 19th annual Great Russian Nutcracker tour of 2 companies to 60+ cities across North America.

About The Fuel Fund of Maryland - The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides life-saving resources to vulnerable Maryland families for heat and home utility needs. Since 1981, the Fund has assisted seniors and people with disabilities existing on fixed incomes, families and individuals earning minimum wage, and people weathering hardships like job losses or medical emergencies - over half the people served by The Fund are children. Watt Watchers – the newest Fuel Fund program - is the “How To” energy conservation and financial education initiative that teaches families to lower energy costs so that class participants recognize immediate savings on utility bills. The Fuel Fund works toward a day when all Marylanders will have adequate resources to make home energy affordable. An investment in the Fuel Fund of Maryland is an Investment in Families’ Futures. www.fuelfundmaryland.org

About the Great Russian Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tells the beloved Christmas story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince – with Russian flair. Praised by the NY Times as “thrilling and expansive,” the 40 impeccably trained Russian dancers leap, spin and lunge bringing the traditional story to life. The Act I Christmas party enchants with its magical toys, evil Mouse King and a journey through the glittering Snow Forest. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (aka Clara) to the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II where she and the Nutcracker Prince are honored by emissaries from heritages the world over; African, Russian, Asian, European and Hispanic. Set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, larger-than-life puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov. A must see show for everyone in the family this holiday season! www.nutcracker.com

History - Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is now known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others by the Moscow Ballet. ATP produced the “Cynthia Gregory National Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; the “From the Top” NPR TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdi and Itzhak Perlman, the “Alexander Godunov” national tour and more. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, ATP evolved out of the all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). The Great Russian Nutcracker made its debut in 1993 and was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater. In 1994, the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats and the theatre's full orchestra joined Moscow Ballet to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Anatoly Emelianov, then an upstart choreographer and winner of the Diagelev award, restaged the Great Russian Nutcracker to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet productions continue to feature award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.

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