Nutcracker Ballet - Kalamazoo (MI)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Miller Auditorium
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ cities and Kalamazoo on Dec. 6, accompanied by live orchestra

The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, called the"Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra"  will perform Tchaikovsky’s Great Russian Nutcracker

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 is pleased to announce that Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition, will accompany the Moscow Ballet company live in Tchaikovsky’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Kalamazoo at the James W. Miller Auditorium on Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm under Conductor and Professor Bruce Uchimura’s baton. Tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Kalamazoo Performance!

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.

Academy of Dance Arts mission is to provide students with a quality performing arts education along with giving positive support and ample opportunities to perform.  Academy of Arts was founded in 1981 and since then has been fortunate to touch the lives thousands of children. It is studio philosophy that by providing a quality dance education with several opportunities to perform, dancers will build friendships, gain a strong work ethic, and be part of an amazing team. Studio staff is knowledgably, enthusiastic, and creates a fun balanced classroom. We believe that success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service.

Live Orchestra Accompanies Moscow Ballet in Kalamazoo!

Moscow Ballet is pleased to announce that Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition, will accompany the Moscow Ballet company live in Tchaikovsky’s Great Russian Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm under Conductor and Professor Bruce Uchimura’s baton. The Kalamazoo Gazette's classical music reviewer picked the orchestra's WMU centennial celebration concert as the most memorable performance of the year. Master works performed by the orchestra include the major symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky in addition to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“The Titan”), Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, and Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration). The USO is comprised of 100 musicians and includes undergraduate and graduate music majors who take pride in the professional level of the ensemble’s rehearsals and performances.

Kalamazoo’s The Gagie School Good Vibrations Choir accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Miller Auditorium

Moscow Ballet’s “Musical Wunderkindprogram, consistent with Moscow Ballet’s mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs, features pre-professional award winning vocal groups accompanying dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker.   Kalamazoo’s The Gagie School Good Vibrations Choir accompanies Moscow Ballet on Tuesday, December 6, 7 p.m. at the James W. Miller Auditorium.  This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program which is annually brought 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.  

The Gagie School of Good Vibrations choir  is composed of 7th and 8th grade students who love to perform contemporary choral music. For 25 years, the choir has spread “good vibes” to its community through time dedicated to senior citizens and service groups. The choir has performed across the Midwest and in national tours of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”  Kellee Love Haselton, the school’s choral music director, works with all students developing musical skills and also directs the Gagie School Choir. 

About the Miller Auditorium

The dream of an auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus dates back to 1915, when Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris signed a bill to appropriate funds allowing WMU to build four new buildings, including a center for the performing arts. As America struggled through the Great Depression and two World Wars, lack of available materials delayed the project more than once until the appropriated funds outlived their days, leaving support for planning, construction and actualization inadequate. At James W. Miller Auditorium’s grand opening celebration in 1968, Western Michigan University president James W. Miller promised that the new building would present the performing arts "not as culture for culture's sake, but for the enrichment of the lives of our students, our faculty and our friends in the community." Over 40 years later, Miller Auditorium is still ranked as one of the top ten facilities in the United States, and is the third largest theatre in Michigan. Miller Auditorium has always been careful to never lose sight of its purpose in the cultural landscape of the community, and has become the premier center for performing arts not only in Kalamazoo, but also in all of Southwest Michigan.