Nutcracker Ballet - Kalamazoo (MI)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Miller Auditorium
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.228.9858

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Kalamazoo!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Wunderkind Chorus and Orchestra Accompany Moscow Ballet in “The Great Russian Nutcracker” December 5 at Miller Auditorium

Moscow Ballet announces acclaimed Musical Wunderkind Choir, one of several community engagement programs, performance in Kalamazoo. The youth choir rehearses pre-performance and participates in dress rehearsal with the company of 40 Russian dancers at the theatre. Musical Wunderkind youth choirs accompany the Moscow Ballet company in the “Waltz of the Snow Forest” at the end of Act I. The “Waltz of the Snow Forest” includes a wordless chorus. Tchaikovsky instructed this chorus be comprised of 12 sopranos and 12 altos and “it is all the more desirable that they should be youths." The 52-piece student orchestra performs the entire score of “The Nutcracker.” In regard to the Moscow Ballet Wunderkind program Knoxville Today’s Harold Duckett writes, “Brilliant job of auditioning and teaching children through the Wunderkind program.” 

Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus and Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra accompany Moscow Ballet on December 5, 7pm, at the Miller Auditorium.  Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Singers and Kalamazoo Oratorio Society. The group has traveled world-wide and participated in the short film, The AcornThe Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor and Professor of Cello, Bruce Uchimura. The Orchestra has won Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards twice in the category of “Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra” and came in third in American Prize Competition in the College Orchestra category in 2015. For information and tickets at www.nutcracker.com/your-city.

Local children and college students performing in the show, ages 7-22, are available for interview opportunities. In addition to the Wunderkind children, local dance students perform through Moscow Ballet’s Dance-with-Us program. To arrange an interview and/or attend dress rehearsal the day of the December 5 performance please call Sally or Gabry for confirmation. 

Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus was founded in 1980 bylocal teacher, Jeanne Frey, after acknowledging a need for choral education in the area. Each year about 150 children, ages 8 to 18, learn and perform in an atmosphere of artistic excellence, and by so doing, enrich the artistic life of the broader community.The chorus has sung with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Singers and Kalamazoo Oratorio Society. KCC has opened at Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers, sung in several operas and participated and performed in the short film, The Acorn, by Kyle Misak.  They have shared the stage with the Numazu Boys and Girls Choir of Japan; the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir of South Africa; St. Mary’s Children’s Chorus in Canada; and The Young Peoples Chorus of New York City. From Japan to Ireland, and London to Vienna, Rome, and Venice, they group has sung with world-class chorus’ from around the world. The vision of KCC is that all children deserve access to high quality singing experiences and the group is committed to promoting choral singing as a life-long activity envisioning a future where choral singing is considered a vital part of the fabric of the community and providing a bridge to cultural understanding through music.

Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra performs orchestral masterworks, features internationally-recognized soloists and collaborates with touring ballet companies and pop culture artists under conductor and Professor of Cello, Bruce Uchimura. Each year, the WMU Orchestra features the Silver Medalist of the Stulberg International String Competition and is regularly featured on Concert Series throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The orchestra performed the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral" to much acclaim at the opening concert of the 1999 Midwestern Music Conference in Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium and performed at a featured concert at the 2008 Michigan Music Conference. The WMU Orchestra was invited to perform at the opening concert of the 2015 Michigan Music Conference. The Orchestra was named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 1990 and 2005 nationally-recognized Student Music Awards and took home the third-place prize in the social-media-based American Prize Competition in 2015 in the College Orchestra category.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, October 6 in Kalamazoo

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Bogdana Кopiy arrives in Kalamazoo on Saturday, October 6 at 9:30am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Bogdana Кopiy will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Academy of Dance Arts 536 Romence Rd, Ste 109 Portage, MI 49024. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at Miller Auditorium.  Buy Tickets

Academy of Dance Arts mission is to provide students with a quality performing arts education along with giving positive support and ample opportunities to perform.  Academy of Arts was founded in 1981 and since then has been fortunate to touch the lives thousands of children. It is studio philosophy that by providing a quality dance education with several opportunities to perform, dancers will build friendships, gain a strong work ethic, and be part of an amazing team. Studio staff is knowledgably, enthusiastic, and creates a fun balanced classroom. We believe that success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service.

Live Orchestra Accompanies Moscow Ballet in Kalamazoo!

Moscow Ballet is pleased to announce that Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition, will accompany the Moscow Ballet company live in Tchaikovsky’s Great Russian Nutcracker under Conductor and Professor Bruce Uchimura’s baton. The Kalamazoo Gazette's classical music reviewer picked the orchestra's WMU centennial celebration concert as the most memorable performance of the year. Master works performed by the orchestra include the major symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky in addition to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“The Titan”), Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, and Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration). The USO is comprised of 100 musicians and includes undergraduate and graduate music majors who take pride in the professional level of the ensemble’s rehearsals and performances.

About the Miller Auditorium

The dream of an auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus dates back to 1915, when Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris signed a bill to appropriate funds allowing WMU to build four new buildings, including a center for the performing arts. As America struggled through the Great Depression and two World Wars, lack of available materials delayed the project more than once until the appropriated funds outlived their days, leaving support for planning, construction and actualization inadequate. At James W. Miller Auditorium’s grand opening celebration in 1968, Western Michigan University president James W. Miller promised that the new building would present the performing arts "not as culture for culture's sake, but for the enrichment of the lives of our students, our faculty and our friends in the community." Over 40 years later, Miller Auditorium is still ranked as one of the top ten facilities in the United States, and is the third largest theatre in Michigan. Miller Auditorium has always been careful to never lose sight of its purpose in the cultural landscape of the community, and has become the premier center for performing arts not only in Kalamazoo, but also in all of Southwest Michigan.