Nutcracker Ballet - Asheville (NC)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the U.S. Cellular Center
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in Asheville!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Asheville at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Sunday December 4, 3:00pm matinee.

Direct from Russia to Asheville, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas.   Experience the exceptional dancing of award-winning principal artists and a company of nearly 40 classically trained dancers. With a 60-foot growing Christmas tree; hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver; stunning, hand-painted sets designed by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague, Asheville audiences are sure to be delighted.  Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” receives critical acclaim in the over 100 cities they perform, from New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Asheville.

The production is dedicated to achieving world peace.  Act II is named “Land of Peace and Harmony” and features a rose-shooting cannon and stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20 foot wingspan.

Tickets in Asheville start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Asheville Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact smi@nutcracker.com or more information.  Seniors, Military and MotorClub members are eligible for discounts at the theater box office.  

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.

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Asheville!

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker December 4 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the US Cellular Center. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Lana Popova will conduct auditions Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m., at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio  Center Stage Dance Studio at 38 L Rosscraggon Road, Asheville, NC 28803, for dance students from the area. 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.  Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program brings 6,000 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, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

Center Stage Dance Studio has been ‘dancing” since 1979 and offers classes in a variety of styles for children ages 3 to 18. It is Western North Carolina’s top rated dance facility and is unique among dance studios in the area; all faculty hold degrees in dance or early childhood education, have danced with a professional company or maintain membership in Dance Masters of America. Founder Michele Lee remains committed to offering the highest quality dance education to students. The success of Center Stage lies in maintaining positive relationships with students and forming a life-long love of dance.  Many former students now bring their children to Center Stage!

Award winning teen musicians open Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Youth “Musical Wunderkind” musicians accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerinas in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina to the delight of audiences.

Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for them. The live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Mischa Dzubay, 12, began playing the violin at age four, and discovered his musical gift at age six when he played a concert almost entirely by ear (not realizing that he was supposed to leave the stage after his two prepared pieces).  Mischa performed his first concerto repertoire at age eight as part of the Asheville Symphony Guild’s annual event, and received a Superior rating and the Judges’ Choice Award in 2015’s Asheville Symphony Spotlight on Young Musicians Competition.  He has received merit scholarships to Interlochen Arts Camp Advanced String program (2014 and 2015) and Indiana University’s Summer String Academy (2015) and enjoys performing with the Asheville Music School’s Sound Education outreach program.  Mischa is a frequent guest performer with the AmiciMusic chamber music series and recently joined the Asheville Young Musician’s Club.

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