Nutcracker Ballet - Albuquerque (NM)

Kiva Auditorium at Albuquerque Convention Center
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Musical Wunderkind in Albuquerque: Cellist Levi Jensen and Violinist Lorenzo Gallegos

Albuquerque’s Levi Jensen, 18, began playing cello at the age of 5 at the University of New Mexico Lab School. He currently performs with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and has performed several years with the New Mexico All-State Orchestra. He has been a member of Mad About Music (MAM), an all-strings folk music group, which has toured both nationally and internationally, and has performed in many community performances including the Messiah and Pippin. Jensen currently studies with James Holland.

Lorenzo Gallegos is a 17-year-old violinist from Albuquerque, N.M., who has been playing the violin for about seven years. He is currently in his senior year of high school. Gallegos began playing the violin at the beginning of sixth grade. In seventh grade he auditioned for and became a member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. A year later he joined the Albuquerque Junior Orchestra. Gallegos began taking private lessons from a family friend who played Mariachi music at their favorite restaurant before his former teacher recommended Kristin Cram who taught him the Suzuki Method for three years. During this time, Gallegos made it into the top group in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony program as second violin in his freshman year and first violin in his sophomore year. He then began studying with Leonard Felberg, an internationally known and esteemed violin pedagogue who died in 2018. Gallegos also attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in the summer of 2019. He is currently studying with David Felberg, Leonard Felberg’s son. David Felberg is instructor of violin and director of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. 

About the Kiva Auditorium

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Albuquerque! The Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center is where the “Stars” shine bright in Albuquerque, George Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Jerry Seinfeld and Norah Jones have all graced the stage in one of New Mexico’s most beloved entertainment destinations.

Located on the upper level of the West Complex, the Kiva Auditorium boasts a proscenium stage and half-round seating for 2,300 people, making it an elegant but intimate setting for concerts, comedy shows, lectures, general sessions or graduations. The Auditorium’s backstage area includes a spacious Green Room appointed with a kitchenette, two large chorus dressing rooms, two private dressing rooms and two conveniently-located production offices.  Share the stage with the stars and book your next special event at the Kiva Auditorium!

Albuquerque Ballet Partnership: Renee Antoinette's School of Dance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Albuquerque children from Renee Antoinette's School of Dance. Welcome to Renee Antoinette's School of Dance! Dancing can be something people are self-conscious about but no matter what your dancing experience, Renee’s Studio teaches everyone to move across the dance floor like a professional! Renee offers lessons in many styles of dance including but not limited to Ballet and Pointe, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. The studio is certified in the renowned Cecchetti method, a forerunner of the Russian Vaganova style. The studio has classes for three year olds through adults, and for boys and girls. The level of classes spans from Beginner to Professional.  The studio is locally owned & operated for more than 20 years. The professional instructors make students of all ages feel at ease, while learning the latest dance styles.