Nutcracker Ballet - Albany (NY)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Palace Theatre
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker' in Albany, NY!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Albany at the Palace Theatre Friday December 2, 7:00pm only.

Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas. Experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague. Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim for performances in 100+ cities from New York to Los Angeles, and Miami to Calgary. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon, and a stunning 2-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of 10 or more, with a special interactive program for Girl Scout troops, receive discounts and benefits via smi@nutcracker.com.  Seniors 65+, Military and MotorClub discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification.

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Albany Performances!

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in AlbanyMoscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru will be present Saturday, August 27 10:00am at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Premier Dance Performing Arts Center, 1580 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065 to audition dance students from the area. Orlando School of Dance is also a Moscow Ballet Host dance studio in Albany.  Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 8 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald.Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

Orlando School of Dance believes in offering students a quality dance education with training which motivates the students to be the best they can be. The focus is offering proper dance training, by a highly qualified staff, inspiring dedication, teamwork and discipline. The lessons learned at the Orlando School of Dance will have applications far beyond the dance class, and will last the students a lifetime. Artistic Director and Teacher Debra Pigliavento received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ballet from the Indiana University School and Broadway and national tour credits include Hello Dollystarring Carol Channing, A Chorus Line in the role of Bebe/Cassie and 42nd Street as Dance Captain of the Broadway Company. She choreographedfor Ginger Rogers at Radio City Music Hall and industrials for Avon, I Love NY, Nickolodean’sNick at Nite and CBS’As the World Turns.

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 Hannah Jieun Sohn accompanies Moscow Ballet in Musical Wunderkind performance Friday, December 2 at the Palace Theatre

Albany’s pre-professional cellist Hannah Jieun Sohn accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Aleava,in a pre-curtain performance of Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” now known as the major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, on Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m.at the Palace Theatre.The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for their proven expertise and have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program which is brought annually to cities on the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides interactive 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.

Hannah Jieun Sohn has been playing the cello since the age of six.  Now a sophomore at Shenendehowa High School, she is currently under the tutelage of cellist Yehuda Hanani. She recently placed second in the Eastern Division of the Junior String Category in the 2016 MTNA Competition as well as in the 2016 Anthony R. Stefan Competition. Since 2010, Hannah has been a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestras, where she is principal cellist of their Youth Orchestra, performing in concert halls around the world. With a great passion and enthusiasm in music, Hannah hopes to pursue a career as a professional musician. 

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.

Moscow Ballet and INVEST, at Russell Sage College, present “Peace, War and Art – Spoken, Lived, Danced” at Russell Sage College

“It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world” Nelson Mandela

Moscow Ballet and partner INVEST at Russell Sage College announce “Peace, War and Art – Spoken, Lived, Danced” performance and panel led Q&A Friday, September 26 at James L. Meader Little Theatre for Sage students and the public. Moscow Ballet soloist Olga Aru performs “The Ravaged Face,” a dance condemning violence against women and inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem of the same name and choreographed by Italian Paola Scoppettuolo, director of Aleph dance company in Rome, Italy. Aru also speaks about her experience dancing in and being evacuated from Tahrir Square, Cairo during 2013 uprising and announces dedication of the 2014 Moscow Ballet tour to world peace. She will also perform the traditional Russian Scarf dance from Swan Lake. Q&A panel includes Olga Aru, Sage Colleges’ Professor of History and Chair Andor Skotnes; Spanish professor Dr. Ekatrina Kagan; Executive in Residence with the School of Management Gerald Shaye. Dr. Thomas C. Keane, Professor of Chemistry and Director of INVEST, says, “The INVEST Interdisciplinary Speaker Series together with The Sage College are proud to host and participate in Moscow Ballet’s “Peace, War and Art – Spoken, Lived, Danced.”

"INVEST at Russell Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, is honored to partner with Moscow Ballet as an Artist-Entrepreneur in residence within the Esteves Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The combined creative and innovative vision of Moscow Ballet and INVEST will allow for wonderful possibilities for the growth of Moscow Ballet North America." www.sage.edu/invest 'In dreams begins responsibility.' - W.B. Yeats