Nutcracker Ballet - Pasadena (CA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:00 pm
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The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Pasadena Wednesday, December 4

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic as you and your loved ones journey with Masha and her Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forest. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the family tradition perfect for all ages! Celebrate this cherished Holiday experience set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get tickets in Pasadena for family and friends today!

Musical Wunderkind in Pasadena: Violinist Saren Daghlian

Saren Daghlian, is a homeschooled senior in high school. He studies with Sharon Harman at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, where he actively participates in many music programs. Saren has earned many prizes at numerous competitions and many positions in youth orchestras such as the first prize at the MTAC VOCE State Competition in 2018, the Edward A. Pfeiffer award for most promising talent at the MTAC String Festival in both 2014 and 2018, first place at the VOCE Pasadena Branch for four consecutive years; first place at the Armenian Allied Arts Association for two consecutive years (in both chamber music and solo violin): concertmaster positions in the String Orchestra, Symphony, and Philharmonic orchestras in the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO); first place at the Satori Competition for two years; bronze medal at the PCM National Chamber Music Competition; and the PCM Honors Recital as a top scoring student.

About Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Pasadena! Opened in 1932, the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium is one of the most revered performance halls in the nation. The Civic has played host to Broadway musicals, world class ballet, symphony orchestras and celebrity speakers as well as the Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. The 2,997 seat Pasadena Civic Auditorium is a part of the Pasadena Civic Center District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pasadena Civic, as part of the Pasadena Center, is the perfect blend of the old and the new. It stands as a lasting symbol of the quality and beauty of this great city. 

Moscow Ballet is a Proud Member of the Pasadena COC

Since its founding as the Board of Trade in 1888, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association has played a major role in the development of the internationally-renowned city. In the 21st century, the Chamber's primary purpose remains supporting the prosperity of its members and enhancing the business climate and quality of life in Pasadena, California. The Pasadena Chamber effectively supports its members through referrals, expert advice and technical assistance, workshops and seminars, networking and community events. The Chamber also advocates aggressively on behalf of business interests and the economy.

Pasadena Ballet Partnership: The Classical Ballet Academy

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Pasadena children from The Classical Ballet Academy. The Classical Ballet Academy (CBA), founded in 1990 by Crystal Peterson, is the premier high caliber training facility in the area focusing exclusively on ballet. It is ocated in Altadena at the borders of La Canada and Pasadena, just minutes from JPL. The curriculum emphasizes the classical ballet technique based upon the Russian tradition of training called the Vaganova Method. Students at CBA are invited to perform in school productions of original and classic ballets, lecture-demonstrations, school concerts, workshop exhibits including student choreography, informal studio showings and other special engagements. Select students are invited to participate in the Youth American Grand Prix and other prestigious ballet competitions.

Students of CBA have been invited to attend prestigious schools world-wide including the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Ballet, Bejart Ballet, Joffrey New York & Chicago, The Rock School, Alvin Ailey Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and Alonzo Kings Lines. Alumni and Students of CBA learn not only ballet, but life skills which gives them and an added edge in reaching their academic goals. Steady reinforcement of work ethics including: working to full potential, being prepared, responsible, supportive and working well with others, be a thinker and a leader while understanding sound nutrition and time management skills.