Nutcracker Ballet - Bethesda (MD)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Music Center at Strathmore
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 8:00 pm
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Music Center at Strathmore
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 8:00 pm
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 8:00 pm

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

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Washington DC at the Music Center at Strathmore on Wednesday December 21, Thursday December 22 and Friday December 23 all at 8:00pm.

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 Strathmore BO 301.581.5100or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

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

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 24th year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. One of our trained Russian audtion directors will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. 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, 2014. 

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.

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 Ian Champney is a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA, where he is principal cellist for the South Lakes High School Chamber Orchestra.  Ian is also a principal cellist for the McLean Youth Orchestra, a prestigious youth orchestra in the Washington D.C. area.  Ian was awarded first place in the McLean Youth Orchestra’s Henrietta Anderson Concerto Competition in both 2013 and 2015, and has also been a prize winner in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association’s Concerto Competition. He has participated in the University of Tennessee’s Cello Workshop, including a master class with Dan Alcott, and has spent five summers at Friends Music Camp in Barnesville, Ohio.

About the Strathmore Hall

Founded and operated since 1981 by the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., an independent  organization, the arts center presents a lively and diverse program of art exhibitions, concerts and performing arts programs, and literary lectures and events.

As Strathmore is deeply committed to maintaining affordable and accessible arts programs to all audiences, an abiding partnership of both private and public support for Strathmore is required to nurture and perpetuate this creative endeavor... to provide a "home for the arts" in our growing community.