Nutcracker Ballet - Bethesda (MD)

Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Music Center at Strathmore
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Bethesda’s Brent Davis and Johnny Chen accompanied Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance in 2016 at The Music Center at Strathmore

The local Wunderkind youth are 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

Brent Davis, cellist, began playing at age 10. He is currently a principal cellist of both the Langley High School Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Scott McCormick and the McLean Youth Orchestra under the direction of Dr. John Devlin. He also currently studies under Marion Baker, who serves as the principal cellist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Brent was previously selected for the All-District Orchestra and for the Senior Regional Orchestra. He is also winner of the 2016 MYO Concerto Competition. In his free time, Brent teaches cello at local elementary schools, performs at retirement communities and has worked with the Herndon Arts Council to bring music to children of low-income families. 

 Johnny Chen, violinist, began playing violin in 4th grade. He has won several honors, including ranking 2nd in the senior district orchestra where he has also served as assistant concert master. He is currently a freshman in Maryland Youth Orchestra, where he has served as concert master, co-concert master and principle second violin. 

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Bethesda’s Strathmore December 22 and 23 ~ Tickets On Sale Now

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Bethesda's Strathmore Friday, December 22, 8:00pm and Saturday, December 23, 2:00pm matinee and 7:0pm evening. Tickets are on sale now. 

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 .  Single tickets in city name are available now at or call Strathmore BO 301-581-5100. 

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2017 Bethesda Performances!

CityDance Center at Strathmore’s mission is to advance the appreciation for and participation in contemporary dance through performance and education. CityDance is comprised of the following programs: Studio Education, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler, providing dance training at multiple sites around the DC metropolitan area; Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), a Dance School and Conservatory committed to training young dancers for professional careers; Center at DC Dance Collective (Washington, DC), specializing in early childhood dance education; CityDance Early Arts, led by Kelli Quinn, is a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to underserved neighborhoods; CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore, producing and presenting professional dance performances and providing a performance home for CityDance Conservatory and School students; Artist-in-Residence Program is part of CityDance’s commitment to producing and presenting professional dance in the DC metropolitan area.

About the Music Center at Strathmore

Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose.

High quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore. Seasonal outdoor events seek to be inclusive in their programming appeal, reaching out to people of all ages, interests, and cultural heritage.