(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) Dec 7, 2015 – Monday, December 14, talented, local, pre-professional, young San Diego dancers and musicians come together to showcase segments from Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in a “Kids for Kids Holiday Performance” for elementary and high school students at the Waldorf School of San Diego – Altodena Campus. The Waldorf students are invited to enjoy a sneak peak of this traditional holiday classic which will be performed in full by Moscow Ballet on December 15, 7:00PM, at Copley Symphony Music Hall. Tickets www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets. The” Kids for Kids Holiday Performance” includes:
A performance of Saint Saen’s Dying Swan by Moscow Ballet Soloist Anna Radik with Musical Wunderkind Jason Hurlbut accompanying on violin
Three specially arranged pieces from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite performed by the New Youth Orchestra Honors String Ensemble: Jason Hurlbut first violin, Jesus Jimenez second violin and Kiya Klopfenstein viola.
Two vignette performances from the Great Russian Nutcracker by student dancers from Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio: Neisha’s Dance and Music Academy
Dancers from Neisha’s Dance and Music Academy will also perform in ancillary roles during the professional Great Russian Nutcracker performance on December 15. Wunderkind Jason Hurlbut and soloist Anna Radik will open the December 15 Great Russian Nutcracker public performancewith the Dying Swan.
Moscow Ballet Soloist Anna Radik has performed with the company for five years as Soloist in Act II of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Anna hails from Kiev in Ukraine and was trained there in the Ukraine State Ballet and Choreography School. She performs many roles including the Chinese Variation, Russian Variation, Act I ‘s magical Kissy Doll and the demanding acro-balletic Arabian Variation to critical acclaim in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. From the Jackson Free Press in 2012, “[In] the traditional and entertaining Chinese variation...the female lead, Anna Radik, easily had the highest arabesque. In Washington DC Jessica Vaughan of DC Metro and Theatre Arts writes,” Every dancer in the company was very talented and so precise with every dance, but the Russian variation dancers Anna Radik and Vitaly Shvets let loose with Cossack dancing that had them spinning around the stage.”And Anna “wows” Canadian audiences as well. Calgary Herald Dance Critic Stephan Bonfield comments, “The standout Arabian Variation pas de deux, [was] danced breathtakingly beautifully by Anna Radik and Artem Kadurin, with sinewy grace and exquisitely contortioned smoothness of line.
Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind Jason Hurlbut has been appointed First Chair - Concert Master of the most advanced orchestra "San Diego Premier Symphony". This first year’s concert will happen in winter 2016, and he will lead the ensemble as it performs Franz Schmidt Symphony No. 1. Historically, this will be the first time this complex, beautiful and challenging piece will be played in concert in San Diego history. Jason began studying violin at age ten while attending the Waldorf School of San Diego. He later joined the San Diego Youth Symphony, where he served as concertmaster, and became a founding member of NYO New Youth Orchestra. He currently plays in the NYO San Diego Premier Symphony, the NYO Chamber Ensembles, the Waldorf School of San Diego’s chamber ensemble and the Waldorf School’s jazz band. Jason has received a variety of accolades including first place in the NYO New Youth Orchestra Solo Competition and a finalist ranking in the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition (Junior Aficionado division). Jason teaches both violin and viola. He also enjoys composing and has performed one of his co-compositions live during the 2014 Harmony & Motion International Music and Dance Festival.
NYO New Youth Orchestra - San Diego Youth Orchestra is San Diego’s finest youth orchestra/band organization. In four short years, New Youth Orchestra located in Sorrento Valley has grown into the highest level youth orchestra/band training and performing program. It currently has five orchestras and two wind ensembles, also additional programs including chamber music and jazz. This San Diego youth orchestra organization is comprised of San Diego’s finest and serious young musician from ages 7 to 25, all performing in appropriate level ensembles in our multi-tiered program. Including the Inizio level for Intermediate Level Performers - Orchestra 1, Crescente program for High-Intermediate Level Performers - Junior Elite Symphony & Concert Band, Ottimo program for Advanced Level Performers - Elite Symphony, Bello program for Exceptional Level Performers - San Diego Premier Symphony, Grand Symphony, San Diego Select Wind Ensemble and Chamber Program. Additional programs include an annual six level solo competition as well as a yearly summer festival/day camp held in June for all levels and instruments. All youth orchestra and band players are invited to sign up for the no cost auditions that are held every January and June for new members.
Neisha’s Dance and Music Academy (ND&MA), located in the heart of Eastlake, Chula Vista, has been the Moscow Ballet Host Studio for over a decade implementing Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program for San Diego youth. The studio offers dance lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, pilates, Latin rhythms, popping and waving, parent/toddler, musical theater, acting, and more. Music classes are offered in piano, voice, guitar and violin. ND&MA also offers a full dancewear line including clothing and apparel, dance shoes, leotards, tights, and is the home of Chula Vista Ballet and Club NDA Hip Hop, Contemporary and Mini Teams. Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy’s state-of-the-art dance and music studio spanning over 10,000 square feet on two floors. ND&MA has five thematically designed dance studios, four music rooms, and an in-house theatrical stage – each with a private viewing area for parents behind a one-way observation window, which allows students to perform at their best!
About Moscow Ballet’s Education Programs
Moscow Ballet’s three distinct education programs, Dance with Us, New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life and Musical Wunderkind, are funded with support from Cultural Resources Foundation a not-for-profit organization. The programs have been benefitting North American children for over 20years. President Obama’s daughterperformed 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’ and young musicians accompany the Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina live in Saint Saens “Dying Swan” in the “Musical Wunderkind” program. Since 1993, ‘Dance with Us’ has provided a generation of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for tens of thousands of North American student dancers, a program unparalleled by other professional touring ballet companies. ‘New Horizons – a Children’s Program for Life,’ offers cultural immersion developing children’s confidence, coordination, and creativity while working one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloists for a week, or a day, at a time. Musical Wunderkind provides a sought after performance experience for student musicians and brings a snippet of classic ballet to thousands of audience members.
About 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 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 Clubevents. In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 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 Intensivesalso 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.