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Oct 18, 2011 - Moscow Ballet partners with Albany County Historical Association to raise funds at the Great Russian Nutcracker Nov 12, 2pm Palace Theatre

Moscow Ballet partners with Albany County Historical Association to raise funds at the Great Russian Nutcracker Nov 12, 2pm Palace Theatre
Russian professional dancers help support ACHA programs and attend a post-performance reception

Moscow Ballet’s Nataliya Miroshnyk with ACHA Board at Ten Broeck Mansion


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(Berkshires, MA) Oct 18, 2011Moscow Ballet and the Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) are partnering to raise funds for the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is active as an educational entity and catalyst for historic preservation in Albany County. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold by ACHA for the Saturday, November 12, 2:00pm matinee performance of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre and post performance reception will go toward educational programs for the ACHA and upkeep of the Ten Broeck Mansion. Moscow Ballet soloist Nataliya Miroshynk and other dancers will make a special appearance at the post-performance benefit reception at the stately 2 century-old mansion. To purchase performance and benefit reception tickets call 518-436-9826 or go to or send a check made out to ACHA to 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210. If sending a check please specify # of tickets, seating preference, and contact information.

ACHA Board Chair Keith Bennett shares, “The ACHA strives to preserve, promote, and present Albany County’s rich history and culture and we are always looking for fund-raising projects that are complementary to the work we do at the Ten Broeck Mansion. That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with The Moscow Ballet and their high quality performances of Great Russian Nutcracker during the holiday season. We can’t wait to see just how much fun we can have and money we can raise with this unique opportunity.”

The Great Russian Nutcracker features award-winning and acclaimed principal dancers, a corps de ballet of 40, 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life Russian puppets and 9 hand-painted backdrops that are embellished with 3-D effects – a must see for the whole family! Moscow Ballet’s beloved Christmas story and dancers Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov 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.

ACHA - Since 1942, the Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) has been interpreting Albany's history. In 1948, the ACHA was charged with the stewardship of the historic Ten Broeck Mansion, and for more than a half-century has been maintaining, preserving and making historically accurate renovations for the benefit and enjoyment of the community, and to ensure the integrity and history that the mansion stands for. The headquarters of the Albany County Historical Association, (ACHA), a non-profit state-chartered organization that helps preserve and exemplify the history and heritage of New York's Capital Region, is at the 213-year-old mansion. The association owns and operates Ten Broeck Mansion, designated by New York State as a "historic house museum", and its programs, and is active as an educational entity and catalyst for historic preservation.

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!

History - Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is 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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