Nutcracker Ballet - Birmingham (AL)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex- Concert Hall
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Birmingham on Dec. 3

120 Ballerinas and Danseurs, 115 Cities, New Costumes and Backdrops

Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker. Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below) New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, include a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more.

Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Birmington at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center on Saturday, December 3, 3:00 p.m. matinee.  Tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Birmingham’s Haeun Kim accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Saturday, Dec. 3 at Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center

Birmingham’s pre-professional teen violinist Haeun Kim accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova 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 Saturday, December 3, 3 p.m. at Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.  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

Haeun Kim started learning the violin when she was four years old. Currently, she studies under the direction of Cornelia Heard at Vanderbilt University and with Jenny Gregoire at the University of Alabama. For three years, Haeun has been a recipient of the prestigious Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship from Vanderbilt University. She is the concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.  She was also named as the concertmaster of the 2015 and 2016 Alabama All State Festival Orchestra. She has performed with several orchestras nationwide. Most recently, she won first prize at the 2016 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in Hilton Head Island, SC. Internationally, she won first place in the junior division at the 2014 ENKOR International Competition for Violin and Piano and third place at the Second Leopold Auer International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. She hopes to pursue her career as a soloist and a chamber musician.  

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