Oklahoma City’s young phenom, cellist Laura Deng , will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Deng will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential 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.
Oklahoma’s Laura Deng, 17, is a cellist from Stillwater. She serves as the principal cellist for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, as well as a cellist for both the OYO Honor Quartet and the OSSM Quartet, which won First Place at the OKC Music Olympics in 2017. She has been a member of the All-State Orchestra for the past two years. Deng has placed in numerous solo competitions as well, winning First Place cello at the Oklahoma City Orchestra League Buttram Competition in 2016 and 2017, Second Place at the American Protege International Concerto Competition, and Alternate at the Oklahoma MTNA Senior String Competition. Deng will make her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2017 as part of the American Protege Competition. She is currently under the pedagogy of Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Deng as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.