Nutcracker Ballet - Baltimore (MD)

The Hippodrome Theatre
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:00 pm
The Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 5:00 pm
T: 410.547.7328

The Great Russian Nutcracker at the Hippodrome Theatre

The Moscow Ballet Orchestra of Baltimore brings Tchaikovsky’s timeless score to life in performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Hippodrome Theatre. Enjoy the ballet as Tchaikovsky intended it with live music conducted by Michael Repper, internationally-acclaimed conductor and pianist. Rejoice as Masha and the Nutcracker Prince take you and your family back to simpler times filled with childlike dreams and Christmas magic. Celebrate the holidays with the exuberant dancing and visual splendor that only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker can bring. Get your tickets before they sell out.

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

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tourpresenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNN spoke 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. Talmi says, “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.

About the Theater

The Hippodrome Theatre, now a part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, first opened its doors in 1914 as a movie palace. Vaudeville performances were held there, too, featuring such legends as Red Skelton and Benny Goodman. The building underwent renovations in the early 1960s, reopening with the regional premiere of the film Cleopatra. The theater was closed for a short time in the 1990s, as the venue's popularity waned.

Today, the Hippodrome has regained its popularity and regularly hosts a variety of events, from Broadway productions to concerts to comedy shows.

Baltimore Conductor Michael Repper


"Michael Repper conducted the fine chamber orchestra with confidence and expressive nuance." Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Michael Repper conducts the Orchestra of the Moscow Ballet in productions of the Great Russian Nutcracker each season in Baltimore. Along with regular engagements in the mid-Atlantic, his international credits include a recent debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, the Artes Nazionale Orchestra in Florence, Italy, and Wollongong, Australia. He regularly conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has been invited several times to conduct the St. Louis Symphony and other major professional orchestras. He is an avid pianist, having performed several times alongside his own orchestras while conducting from the piano. Mike is the Music Director of the Northern Neck Orchestra in Virginia and served as Assistant Conductor of the Concert Artists of Baltimore for five years. Michael enjoys a full schedule of guest conducting, most recently premiering a concert of new music with the Grammy-Nominated Metropolis Ensemble, and leading the NY-based ensemble Camerata Notturna.

He has worked with world-renowned soloists, including Demarre McGill, Julia Bullock, Colin Carr, Christine Lamprea, and many others. Together with the New York Youth Symphony, he will make three world-premiere performances per season, highlighting the talents of promising emerging composers including Hilary Purrington, Thomas Kotcheff, Ryan Lindveit, Peter Shin, Natalie Diettrich, Theo Chandler, and more. Mike was also the Music Director at the Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the United States, and he is the New Music Consultant for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mike also enjoys musical scholarship. At Stanford University, he taught Music Theory to Undergraduate and Graduate Students, and his research in the field of melodic range spectrography and perfect pitch perception was awarded Honors at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. He is a proud graduate of the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana.

Baltimore’s Kodály American Children's Choir Sings Tchaikovsky's “Waltz of the Snowflakes” in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on December 16

The highly noted Baltimore’s Kodály American Children's Choir will accompany Moscow Ballet for a special performance of TheGreat Russian Nutcracker, Saturday, December 16, 1:00 pm matinee and 5:00 pm, at The Hippodrome Theatre. As part of Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program, the choir will accompany dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I, and present a special pre-performance showcase.  Moscow Ballet’s “Musical Wunderkind” program, presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour, provides experiential art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs.

American Kodály Children’s Chorus (AKCC)’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment where children in Baltimore’s greater metropolitan area can access high-quality musical instruction. Current choristers range from eight to eighteen-years-old and attend public, private and home school programs. The chorus strives for excellence through its provision of vocal pedagogy-based choral and solo singing instruction.  AKCC is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School and is administered by Dr. Alyson Shirk. In addition to her work at AKCC and Bryn Mawr, Dr. Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Sunday, September 23 in Baltimore

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 Alisa Bolotnikova arrives in Baltimore on Sunday, September 23 at 12:30pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Alisa Bolotnikova 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 The Moving Company Dance Center 9954 York Road Cockeysville, MD 21030.

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Friday December 14 at 7:00 pm, and Saturday December 15 at 1:00pm matinee and 5:00pm, at The Hippodrome Theatre.  Buy Tickets

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