Moscow Ballet proudly presents 20+ Musical Wunderkind violinist and cellist prodigies, critically-acclaimed choirs, and nationally-renowned orchestras who’ll perform with its company in the Great Russian Nutcracker 2016. These pre-professional musicians auditioned to perform as part of Moscow Ballet’s educational Musical Wunderkind program, which focuses on the development and encouragement of talented pre-professional musicians. Many of these young musicians are Concerto Competition winners and all are recognized for their exceptional talent. For example, pre-professional Milwaukee violinist Hannah White has been named "a dose of hope for the future...pure talent approaching perfection... to transport you to a magical place... a national violin virtuoso" by Milwaukee Journal's, Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Hayes.
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Pre-professional “Musical Wunderkind” Accompany Moscow Ballet Company Live in Cities Coast to Coast
Wunderkind and Ballerina open Great Russian Nutcracker with Saint-Saën’s “Dying Swan”
Student cellist Xavier Wilson with ballerina Olga Kifyak in Dallas
Interview Opportunities: Sally Michael Keyes 413-499-1733 x21 [email protected]
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(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) Oct 27, 2016 – Moscow Ballet proudly presents 20+ Musical Wunderkind violinist and cellist prodigies, critically-acclaimed choirs, and nationally-renowned orchestras who’ll perform with its company in the Great Russian Nutcracker 2016. These pre-professional musicians auditioned to perform as part of Moscow Ballet’s educational Musical Wunderkind program, which focuses on the development and encouragement of talented pre-professional musicians. Many of these young musicians are Concerto Competition winners and all are recognized for their exceptional talent. For example, pre-professional Milwaukee violinist Hannah White has been named "a dose of hope for the future...pure talent approaching perfection... to transport you to a magical place... a national violin virtuoso" by Milwaukee Journal's, Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Hayes.
This year, pre-professional string musicians open the Great Russian Nutcracker by accompanying the principal ballerina in Saint-Saëns’ classic “Dying Swan.” Across the country, participating youth choirs will close Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker while accompanying the ballet in Tchaikovsky’s famous Waltz of the Snowflakes. To the delight of audiences, selected Wunderkind orchestras who have mastered Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite will perform it live while Moscow Ballet performs onstage. These performances are a rare opportunity for audiences to experience the combined talent of principal ballerina and danseurs with musical prodigies. For more information and tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/your-city.
“Musical Wunderkind” string musicians featured in the 2016 tour:
Oklahoma City Nov. 25: Shalini Abeyewardeneis a first violin section member in the elite Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.
Rochester, NY Nov. 27: Sarah Wager placed first in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra concerto competition.
Albany, NY Dec. 2: Hannah Jieun Sohnplaced second in the Junior String Category in the 2016 MTNA Competition.
Memphis Dec. 2: Allison Kerris a Memphis Youth Symphony Concerto Competition 2014 winner and more.
Birmingham Dec. 3: Haeun Kim is a three-time recipient of the Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship from Vanderbilt U.
Milwaukee Dec. 3: Hannah Whitehas been called “a national violin virtuoso" and recently played at Carnegie Hall.
Tucson Dec. 13: Sophia Rightmerhas placed in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and more.
Cleveland Dec. 17: James Hettingais a Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition winner.
Charlottesville Dec. 18: Isabella Gorman won the 2015 Charlottesville Youth Concerto Competition.
Detroit Dec. 18: Gabrielle Hooper is the principal cellist of the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony.
Knoxville Dec. 20: Jerry Zhouis principal cellist of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Bethesda, MD Dec. 23: Brent Davis, cellist, won the 2016 MYO Concerto Competition.
Johnny Chen, violinist, ranked 2nd in the senior district orchestra.
San Antonio Dec. 26: Victoria Klaunigis the winner of the 2015/2016 YOSA Concerto Competition.
Lakeland, FL Dec. 27: Serena Colon attends Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Jacksonville, FL Dec. 28: Anastasia Letkemannhas competed in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
North Charleston Dec. 30: Karl Pless, violinist, is principal second of the Charleston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Lydia Pless is the principal cellist of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra.
“Musical Wunderkind” Choirs featured in the 2016 tour:
Spokane Nov. 14: Crescendo Community Chorus provides excellent and accessible musical education.
NYC Dec. 3: Brooklyn High School of the Arts, received a rating of "Gold, with Distinction.”
Kalamazoo Dec. 6: Gagie School Good Vibrations Chorus has spread “good vibes” through volunteer work for 25 years.
Baltimore Dec 17: American Kodály Children’s Chorus’provides quality musical instruction to Baltimore’s metro-area.
“Musical Wunderkind” Orchestras featured in the 2016 tour:
Bowling Green, Dec. 12, Paducah Dec. 13, and Louisville Dec. 16: University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s100 student-members hail from all over the U.S., Asia, South America, and Europe. Since its founding in 1918, the Orchestra has presented 50+ concerts annually, has performed with internationally-acclaimed artists and toured China, playing in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Yangzhou and Beijing. The Orchestra is currently under the direction of Director John Nardolillo.
Kalamazoo, MI Dec. 6: The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra was named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition. Since then, the 100 undergraduate and graduate music students who comprise the orchestra have performed the major symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, in addition to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“The Titan”) and more. The Orchestra is currently under the direction of Director Bruce Uchimura.
Education Programs – Moscow Ballet’s education programs, Dance with Us, New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life and Musical Wunderkind, have been benefitting North American children for over 20 years. Since 1993, ‘Dance with Us’ has provided once-in-a-lifetime experiences for tens of thousands of North American student dancers, a program unparalleled by other professional touring ballet companies. President Obama’s daughter performed as a Mouse and Snow Maiden in the ‘Dance with Us’program along with 60 other aspiring dancers in 75+ tour cities. Thousands of students from kindergarteners to high school students experience cultural immersion in the interactive ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’ developing children’s confidence, coordination, and creativity while working one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloists for a day, or week or month at a time. In the one-of-a-kind “Musical Wunderkind” program Concerto Competition winners in cities on the tour route provide live accompaniment for the Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Saint-Saëns’ “Dying Swan.” This provides a valuable and rare performance experience for student musicians and brings a taste of classic ballet to thousands of audience members. These programs are funded with support from the Cultural Resources Foundation.
Moscow Ballet - In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For more than 20 years, the company has featured award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. The company performs more than 100 engagements annually across North America and in 15 of the top twenty demographic market areas. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and is regularly invited to present at National Press Club events. In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with more than 5,000 American dance students annually in Dance with Us. Intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals has raised revenue for significant causes. www.moscowballet.com.
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