Nutcracker Ballet - Knoxville (TN)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Tennessee Theatre
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Tickets on sale for Moscow Ballet's celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at Knoxville's Tennessee Theatre

 

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Knoxville at Tennessee Theatre Tuesday December 20, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm evening.

Direct from Russia to Knoxville, 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, Knoxville 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 Knoxville.

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 Knoxville start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Tennessee 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.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Knoxville 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.

Elizabeth Williams School of Dance was established in 1980 by Elizabeth and Ricky Williams. The school teaches ballet, Pointe, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tumbling, clogging, and tap for all ages and experience levels. The studio has developed two paths for student dancers. First is for the dancer who wants to gain self-confidence, poise, concentration, focus, coordination, and rhythm, all of which will provide benefits throughout life. The second path is for the dancer who wants sound technical training and performing opportunities in order to become a professional dancer, teacher, or enter a related career.

About The Tennessee Theatre

The Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928, featuring the movie The Fleet’s In, starring the legendary Clara Bow. Other classic movies were premiered there through the years as well, in addition to stage productions and various music performances.

The building, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was refurbished in the late 1960s, and again in 1981. Today, the theatre hosts a variety of performers and productions, such as BB King, Alice Cooper, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. 

Knoxville’s Jerry Zhou accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Tennessee Theatre

Knoxville’s pre-professional teen cellist Jerry Zhou 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 iTchaikovsky's Swan Lake, on Tuesday, December 20, 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre.  The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for his or her proven expertise and has the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow BalletMusical 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

Jerry Zhou attends Farragut High School. He has studied cello for six years under the instruction of Dr. Wesley Baldwin at University of Tennessee Knoxville. Jerry is principal cellist of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and a winner of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2014, he won runner-up in the Tennessee Cello Workshop Junior High Competition, where he competed against cellists from across the U.S. In 2015, he won the Oak Ridge Youth Aliyah Music Competition and performed as a soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony in January 2016.