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Moscow Ballet’s “Musical Wunderkind” expands 2013 tour - Minneapolis Youth Chorus, Kinderchor of Spokane and other youth choirs to accompany Great Russian Nutcracker Performances

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Moscow Ballet’s “Musical Wunderkind” expands 2013 tour - Minneapolis Youth Chorus, Kinderchor of Spokane and other youth choirs to accompany Great Russian Nutcrackerperformances

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(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) April 18, 2013 – New in 2013 Youth Choirs perform live in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcrackeras part of the ballet’s “Musical Wunderkind” arts enrichment program.  Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment programs for the local communities it performs in by including Youth Choirs as vocal accompaniment to the melodic “Waltz of the Snowflakes” in each tour city. The “Musical Wunderkind” Youth Choirs welcome patrons by performing repertoire in the lobby before the curtain rises and then, faithful to Tchaikovsky’s score, sing acapella to the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I. The children range in age from 7 to 18 years and study with experienced and award-winning music directors. Minneapolis Youth Chorus (MYC) and Kinderchor of Spokane are among the first to confirm their participation. MYC is an auditioned ensemble open to Minneapolis Public School students, is offered at no charge to participants and is led by Founding Conductor Patrice Arasim. Arasim taught a generation of students at Field School, creating a virtual conservatory of music.  In 2012 MYC recorded with Owl City's Adam Young and "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen on the 2012 international #1 hit song "Good Time.” MYC also performed with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Sharon Rodkey Smith, Kinderchor of Spokane Artistic Director, is member and past President of Nebraska Choral Directors Association, recipient of Alice Buffett Award for Outstanding Teachers through the Omaha Public Schools, and was awarded Choral Director of the Year through Nebraska Choral Directors Association.The “Musical Wunderkind-Choirs” live performance experience, performed in some of the country’s finest music halls, is an invaluable and rare opportunity. In addition to performing at local performances, two choristers from each participating choir will meet in Washington D.C. for the “Children Honoring Children – The Arts Make a Difference” performance in December which commemorates the 1 year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut and President Obama’s appearance at his daughter’s Moscow Ballet rehearsal just hours before traveling to Newtown to comfort grieving families. Youth Choir Directors are encouraged to request an application to participate in the program, deadline May 15, 2013,by contacting  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

Other Moscow Ballet Education Programs – Moscow Ballet’s three distinct education programs engaged over 9000 children in 2012.  President Obama visited Sasha who performed as a mouse in the Dance with Us’ program; and 6,000 elementary schoolkids spent a week of immersion inNew Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’.  Sasha Obama participated in MB’s ‘Dance with Us’ program in which student dancers in 50 tour cities audition for MB soloists, rehearse and perform in ancillary roles in the professional performances. Since 1993, ‘Dance with Us’ has provided a generation of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for tens of thousands of North American student dancers, a program unparalleled by other professional touring ballet companies. A second education project,  ‘New Horizons – a Children’s Program for Life,’ offers cultural immersion developing children’s confidence, coordination, and creativity while working one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloists for a week, or a day, at a time. District School Board of Pasco County Supervisor Mary Grey states, “Exposure to acclaimed…Moscow Ballet [dancers]…helps PLACE bring the highest quality experiences to our children.” New in 2012, ‘Musical Wunderkind’ features accomplished student musicians accompanying the principal dancer in Saint- Saën’s famous “Dying Swan” at the opening of the Great Russian Nutcracker in tour cities, providing a sought after performance experience for the student musicians and bringing a snippet of classic ballet to thousands of audience members. In addition to that, “Honored Artist of Ukraine” Olga Kifyak and Musical Wunderkind Fedor Ouspensky were invited to present at a National Press Club Newsmaker event December 14 in Washington D.C.

Moscow Ballet -In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes time-honored Russian ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. The company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the renowned Vaganova training with over 5000 local dance students annually in the “Dance with Us”program. “New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life”is an intensive cultural immersion project that benefits school children and on-going programs Musical Wunderkind, Master Classesand Summer Intensivesalso touch the lives of many children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations over the past 20 years has raised awareness of and revenue for their significant missions and causes. Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in seventy cities across the US and Canada.

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