Nutcracker Ballet - Memphis (TN)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Cannon Center For The Performing Arts
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 7:00 pm

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

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Memphis at Cannon Center Friday December 2, 7:00pm only.

Direct from Russia to Memphis, 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, Memphis 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 Memphis.

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 Memphis 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 Memphis 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.

Studio B Dance strives to achieve excellence with each student that enters the studio by providing exceptional training for students of all levels.  Studio B is very passionate about supporting the community and regularly performs at charity events and festivals.  Each year a charity is chosen to support teaching children the importance of paying it forward.  This year the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) is the chosen charity. Studio B was founded in 1939 under the direction of Ms. Debra's Aunt B.  From there, the studio expanded throughout the Bradshaw family to Connecticut, North Carolina, and New Jersey where Debra's mother owned her own studio for over 50 years!  Debra continued in her mother's footsteps by opening her own studio in New Jersey for 3 years before moving to Tennessee.  In 1990, Studio B dance made its debut in Germantown, TN.

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 Dylan Howard is a 10th grader at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi. For the past seven years, Dylan has played with the Memphis Youth Symphony Program and has served as principal cellist for both the String Orchestra and the Youth Symphony.  He has received numerous accolades including first place in the Beethoven Club’s Young Artist Competition (junior division) in 2011, winner of the Rocky Ridge Music Center’s concerto competition for the Junior Student Seminar in 2012, recipient of the Luzerne Music Center Merit Scholarship in 2013 and recipient of The Philip and Janice Levin Merit Scholarship award to study at the Luzerne Music Center’s 2014 Senior Session.  This past summer, Dylan was selected to play with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Orchestra.

About the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

The world-class Cannon Center for the Performing Arts officially opened to rave reviews in January 2003.

The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and hosts a multitude of other events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts, touring theatrical productions, children's theater and general sessions for conventions in the Memphis Cook Convention Center.