Nutcracker Ballet - Kalamazoo (MI)

Live Orchestra and Chorus Accompanies Moscow Ballet in Kalamazoo!

Moscow Ballet is accompanied by Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus during performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker in Kalamazoo. The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra performs the entire score of “The Nutcracker” under Conductor and Professor Bruce Uchimura’s baton. The Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus is part of Moscow Ballet’s Musical Wunderkind Choir Program and accompanies the Moscow Ballet company in the Waltz of the Snow Forest’swordless chorus at the end of Act I. 

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 WMU Orchestra was invited to perform at the opening concert of the 2015 Michigan Music Conference and took home the third-place prize in the social-media-based American Prize Competition in 2015 in the College Orchestra category.

Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus was founded in 1980 by local teacher, Jeanne Frey, after acknowledging a need for choral education in the area. The vision of KCC is to provide children access to high quality singing experiences. The group is committed to promoting choral singing as a life-long activity and hopes to provide a future where choral singing is considered a vital part of the fabric of the 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. 


About Host Studio: Academy of Dance Arts

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.

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.