Wunderkind and Ballerina open Great Russian Nutcracker with Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan”
(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) Oct 28, 2015 – Moscow Ballet is known for presenting the Great Russian Nutcracker and other classic ballets annually across North America. The company also dedicates resources to bring several educational programs to North America including inviting pre-professional string musicians to accompany the principal ballerina and youth choirs to accompany the entire company.
The unique “Musical Wunderkind” program provides pre-professional string musicians the opportunity to open the performance accompanying the principal ballerina in Saint Saens classic “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals and youth choirs accompany the entire company in the Waltz of the Snowflakes which closes Act I. Twenty-eight young musicians and choirs auditioned and were accepted to perform live with Moscow Ballet in 2015. Many of the young musicians are Concerto Competition winners, all are recognized for their exceptional talent. These performances are a rare opportunity for audiences nationwide to experience live the combined talent of principal ballerina and solo musician in the emotional and classic piece popularly known from “Swan Lake.” Los Angeles Times dance critic Lewis Segal states, “[Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind gave] an expressive account of the "The Dying Swan." In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind in 28 cities on the 80 city tour. For more information and tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/your-city.
2015 “Musical Wunderkind” are: Saskatoon William Boan Williams Nov 15; Memphis Dylan Howard Nov 27; Spokane Children’s Choir Nov 23; Indianapolis Maria Sanderson Nov 28; San Francisco Ellie Kanayama Nov 28; Fresno Olivia Lin, Nov 29; Birmingham Girl’s Choir Nov 29; Rochester NY Paige Griffin Dec 3; Philadelphia Jason Vassiliou Dec 4; Minneapolis Jason Shu, Dec 5, 7pm; New York City Brooklyn High School Women’s Choir, Dec 5; Charlottesville Mary Stelow Dec 6; Asheville Mischa Dzubay Dec 8; Sioux Falls Emera and Maximus Gurath Dec 9; Albuquerque Jenny Lee, Dec 13; Syracuse Jeongyoon Sophia Han Dec 13; Cleveland Jieming Tan Dec 14; San Diego Jason Hurlbut, Dec 15; Phoenix Bobae Johnson, Dec 16; Cupertino Hannah Lee Choi Dec 18; Baltimore American Kodály Children’s Chorus, Dec 19; Los Angeles Mya Green Dec 20 7:00pm; Detroit Landon Oja Dec 20 7:00pm; Bethesda Ian Champney Dec 21; Tucson Jacob Lee Dec 22 7:00pm; North Charleston Benjamin Kremer, Dec 24 4:00pm; San Antonio Andrew Arkhipov, Dec 27 5:00pm.
Education Programs – Moscow Ballet’s education programs, Dance with Us, New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life and Musical Wunderkind, have been benefitting North American children for over 20 years. Since 1993, ‘Dance with Us’ has provided once-in-a-lifetime experiences for tens of thousands of North American student dancers, a program unparalleled by other professional touring ballet companies. President Obama’s daughter performed as a Mouse and Snow Maiden in the ‘Dance with Us’program along with 60 other aspiring dancers in 75+ tour cities. Thousands of students from kindergarteners to high school students experience cultural immersion in the interactive ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’ developing children’s confidence, coordination, and creativity while working one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloists for a day, or week or month at a time. In the one-of-a-kind “Musical Wunderkind” program Concerto Competition winners in cities on the tour route provide live accompaniment for the Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Saint Saens “Dying Swan.” This provides a valuable and rare performance experience for student musicians and brings a taste of classic ballet to thousands of audience members. These programs are funded with support from npo Cultural Resources Foundation.
Moscow Ballet-In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For more than 20 years the company has featured award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. The company performs 100 engagements annually across North America and in 15 of the top twenty demographic market areas. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and is regularly invited to present at National Press Clubevents. In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually in Dance with Us. Intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensivesalso touch the lives of many children and young adults. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals has raised revenue for significant causes. www.moscowballet.com.