|Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2013|
|Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm|
|Sunday, November 17 at 1:00 pm|
|Mcfarlin Auditorium at SMU|
Moscow Ballet Returns to Dallas with the Great Russian Nutcracker!
Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker will be at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium on Friday, November 15th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 17th at 1:00 PM.
This favorite show for families at the holidays features award-winning Russian dancers and is acclaimed by the press. The story of peace features amazing solo dances by ambassadors from Hispanic, African, Russian, Asian, and European heritages. The 2013 production includes 200 all new, hand-embellished costumes designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver and created in St Petersburg’s oldest theatrical costume shop. Celebrate the beauty of the holidays and the best of Russian ballet in one grand production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
Dallas Area Student Dancers to Join Moscow Ballet
"Visually, the production is stunning."
McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas opened in 1926 to address the school’s need for a chapel that could accommodate the entire student body.
The building’s use has since evolved, and while it remains a venue for school-related and community activities, it has also hosted a variety of performances, productions, and speakers. Among them have been the American Ballet Theatre, Luciano Pavrotti, Martin Luther King Jr., and Yo-Yo Ma.
2012 Highlights & Events
Child Prodigy Cellist to Join Moscow Ballet Soloist on Stage
Moscow Ballet will present a special collaboration at the November 16 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium in Dallas... Child prodigy cellist, Xavier Wilson will open the performance playing Saint Saens' The Dying Swan, accompanied by a Moscow Ballet ballerina dancing the time-honored choreography.
Click here to see legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dance Saint Saens' "The Dying Swan."
Moscow Ballet celebrates Xavier and his many achievements! He has placed in several cello competitions including the Friedlander Concerto Competition for which he received 3rd place the first year and 2nd the following. He sat as Co-Principal with the Dallas Symphony and performed with Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Orchestra summer 2012. His teachers include Mildred McShane, recently retired from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after 52 years, and Andres Diaz.
In June 2012 Xavier graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and, through a program called Young Strings, started studying cello. Through hard work and dedication he made exponential improvement over a short amount of time, tackling virtuosic pieces such Hindemith Solo Sonata, Elgar Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccio and others. Xavier is currently attending Southern Methodist University and is the first in his family to attend college.
Moscow Ballet's Exclusive Russian Tea Party & Auction!
Was Held November 10- Hilton Anatole
The public is invited to Moscow Ballet’s Russian Tea Party and Auction (the only one of its kind in North America), with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas! This event celebrates the Russian tradition of afternoon tea with guest of honor—a Moscow Ballet ballerina! It was held at the exclusive Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas on Saturday, November 10 2012. Tea from a Russian Samovar and desserts will be served.
Activities include photo opportunities with the Moscow Ballet ballerina, a photo booth with Moscow Ballet costumes, a silent auction, and more.
This unique opportunity will be offered to 100 guests, where they can enjoy this Russian tradition and family-friendly experience with a Moscow Ballet ballerina. The gathering will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel one week prior to the Dallas performances of Moscow Ballet’s 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker. Guests will enjoy traditional Russian tea, desserts, and have the opportunity to learn about the life of a ballerina, traveling the world, the tradition of tea and Russian culture. In addition, there will be opportunities to support CMNH and Dallas Children’s Medical Center through a silent auction.
Among items to be auctioned is a Russian Tea Service. First introduced to Russia by the Chinese, Russian Tea Service is centuries old in Russia. The samovar has served as Russia's teapot since the mid-1700s. By 1800, the samovar had become a cherished focal point of the Russian household and was the centerpiece of any social gathering. The largest teapot of record was made in Tula, Russia in 1922, and held 250 liters! Russian samovars are made of various metals (copper, bronze, iron and silver being the most typical). With the high price of tea in those days, the samovar was both functional and a symbol of affluence. The warmth and aroma of the brew symbolized hospitality and security.
Hilton Anatole Hotel
The brand new Atrium II presents guests with a tranquil reflecting pool overlooked by a 27,000-cubic-foot kinetic sculpture “Nebula” suspended 50 feet above and designed by renowned sculptor Reuben Margolin. Adding to the Anatole's energetic accommodations is a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool with swim up bar, Olympic quality lap pool, and the V Spa, a one-of-a-kind luxury oasis.
Moscow Ballet partners with Marie Osmond’s
|Marie Osmond with Moscow Ballet's Svetlana Todinova||Moscow Ballet ballerinas bring cheer to young patients. (Shown here, Moscow Ballet's Nataliya Miroshnyk)|
Raising funds for children’s hospitals through hospital visits,
photo opps & proceeds from tickets to Great Russian Nutcracker!
New in 2012, Moscow Ballet is proud to support and partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), the leading supporter of children's hospitals nationwide, in raising funds to benefit young patients. In select cities (listed above), a portion of ticket sales from Moscow Ballet's 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker production will go to CMNH facilities.
Moscow Ballet ballerinas Svetlana Todinova, Natalia Miroshnyk, and Olga Aru continue to visit CMNH facilities across the U.S. to meet with young patients and their families. Among these recent events was a meet-and-greet and photo shoot with international superstars Donny and Marie Osmond (founder of CMNH) and Moscow Ballet's Svetlana Todinova in Las Vegas!
Another fundraising event is the North American Russian Tea Party and Auction on November 10 with Moscow Ballet dancers and others at the exclusive Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas TX, which benefits the Dallas Children’s Medical Center (more information above).
Meet the Masters at Capezio Dallas & Sandy’s Dancewear
Held Nov. 9, 2012 at Capezio Dallas, and on Nov. 10, 2012 at Sandy's Dancewear
Attendees won prizes, saw demonstrations, and met with a real Moscow Ballet ballerina! One lucky winner even walked away with tickets to experience the spectacular 20th Anniversary
production of Great Russian Nutcracker!
Moscow Ballet's Olga Aru spent time with many delighted young fans, parents, and store staffers!
New in 2012, Moscow Ballet and Capezio have teamed up to bring you the finest dancers, great prizes, and biggest discounts in local dance stores in 20 cities across the US. Moscow Ballet ballerinas Natalia Miroshnyk, Svetlana Todinova and Olga Aru greet local dancers, talk about their careers, and demonstrate the proper wear and care of their hand-made Capezio Pointe shoes.
Capezio – 125 years ago Salvatore Capezio opened a shop on Broadway and created his hand-made pointe shoes. Today, Capezio continues to value and support the worldwide dance community, offering the highest quality dance shoes, dance wear, and street wear internationally. www.capezio.com.
Moscow Ballet's 20th Anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker production tour wow'ed audiences and critics alike in November 2012! Some patrons even had the opportunity to meet with Moscow Ballet soloist Nataliya Miroshnyk.