Nutcracker Ballet - Albany (NY)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Returning to Albany at Palace Theatre on December 6 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

 

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will return to Albany on Wednesday, December 6, 7:00pm at Palace Theatre.

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score. 

Tickets start at $28.00. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets .  Single tickets in Albany are available May 15 at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets or call  Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

25 Years and 2 Generations Strong: Local Ballet Students Perform Side-by-Side with Moscow Ballet Pros in Albany December 6 Only!

25 years and 2 generations later, over 75,000 local ballet students, ages 6 to 18 with at least 1 year of ballet training, perform side-by-side with Moscow Ballet pros. In Albany, the “Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Wednesday, December 6, 7:00pm at Palace Theatre this holiday season. 

“It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to grow and see how a professional company works...the costumes were breathtaking, says Julia Zhmutski of Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City. The ballet students, who study at ballet schools in the area, auditioned for Moscow Ballet Audition Director AnnaRadik  in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance StudioPremier Dance. The children’s roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and Act II’s Variations of the world’s five great heritages. The experience of auditioning for a professional, rehearsing with the company, being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, and performing for a live audience of a thousand or more is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children! See the Dance with Us  student dancers perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker:www.nutcracker.com/yourcity .

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.

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.        

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.