Rochester’s Young Musical Phenom Benjamin Doane Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 7 at Auditorium Theatre
Rochester’s young phenom, celloist Benjamin Doane, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on Thursday December 7, 7:00 pm at the Auditorium Theatre for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Doane 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.
Rochester, New York’s Benjamin Doane has studied cello since the age of six, first at the Kanack School with Katie Fittipaldi, and currently with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. Earlier this year, Ben attended the Perlman Music Program. He has also studied at the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. From 2014 to 2017 Ben was a member of the Carriage String Quartet and principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The Quartet was a semifinalist in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England’s 2016 International Competition. Ben recently performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as winner of their Concerto Competition. He has also been featured on National Public Radio station WXXI as a winner of the David Hochstein Recital competition, and performed Popper’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In March 2018 Ben will perform the Elgar Concerto as winner of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Doane as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.