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 Acorn. The 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.