Nutcracker Ballet - Albany (NY)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Albany’s Young Musical Phenom Helene Ryu Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 6 at the Palace Theatre

Albany’s young phenom, cellist Helene Ryu, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina  Veronika Hordina  on December 6 at the Palace Theatre as a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Ryu will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at www.nutcracker.com/your-city.

Helene Ryu is the principal cellist of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York. She was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s (NAME) 2017 All-National Honors Ensemble Symphony Orchestra in Orlando, Florida, the 2017 biennial All-Eastern Honors Ensemble Symphony Orchestra in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the 2016 All-State Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, NY.  Ryu has also been the principal cellist of the regional Area-All State Symphony Orchestra for the past two years, as well as the regional Suburban Council Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and 2014.  She is a senior at Shaker High School in Latham, New York, where she is the principal cellist of both her school orchestra and honors chamber music program. She studies with Dr. David Bebe of The College of Saint Rose in Albany

Ryu has also been the principal cellist of the regional Area-All State Symphony Orchestra for the past two years, as well as the regional Suburban Council Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and 2014.  She is a senior at Shaker High School in Latham, New York, where she is the principal cellist of both her school orchestra and honors chamber music program. She studies with Dr. David Bebe of The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Ryu as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.        

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Albany!

 

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Sat, August 25 in Albany

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova arrives in Albany NY on Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 AM to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Alisa Bolotnikova  will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio  Premier Dance.  Sign up to audition www.nutcracker.com/auditions

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 pm, at The Palace Theatre.  Buy Tickets

Premier Dance is committed to creating and maintaining a fun and encouraging learning environment, without compromising the quality of dance instruction. The studio’s highly qualified, nurturing staff strives to ensure that each dancer recognizes how special and unique they are and to teach compassion and respect for others and the ability to embrace and understand our differences. Teachers share our passion for the dance and make sure that each dancer reaches their own true potential. Premier Dance pledges to provide superb customer service and satisfaction through careful management, organization and communication to ensure an enjoyable, fun and healthy experience for all.Jaye Cummings is the studio owner and artistic director.

About The Palace Theatre in Albany

The Palace Theatre was the largest in the city when it opened in 1931, presenting vaudeville acts and feature films. The theater, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has retained most of its original design features, and underwent renovations in 2002 and 2003, bringing aspects such as the building's marquee back to the original design.The Palace has hosted a variety of live performances, including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Rolling Stones, and Roy Orbison, as well as theater productions and city-sponsored events.