Nutcracker Ballet - Oklahoma City (OK)

Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm
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Local Musical Wunderkind Sylvan Zhang Accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina November 16 at Oklahoma City’s Hudiburg Chevrolet Center

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Sylvan Zhang on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Friday, November 16, 7pm, at Rose State College’s Hudiburg Chevrolet Center,in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,”a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Sylvan Zhang is a 15-year-old violinist who has been perfecting the violin since age five. At just nine-years-old she had already played Carnegie Hall three times. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program selects local youth based upon their demonstrated skills and talents.Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind,” who perform in many cities on the 2018 tour, are Concerto Competition winners and the next generation of professional musicians. Their experience accompanying the Principal Ballerina Through this program they have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world-class Principal Ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at

Sylvan Zhang, 15, violinist since the age of five and current student of Dr. Gregory Lee at the University of Oklahoma. At the age of 7, he performed his first concert solo at Oklahoma State University. In 2012, nine-year-old Sylvan had already given three performances at Carnegie Hall as a First Place Winner and Judges Award Winner of American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and Grand Winner of National Young Musicians Showcase Competition. In 2018, Sylvan placed as the violin and overall winner at the Oklahoma City Orchestra League Buttram Competition and the winner of the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition at Sewanee Sumer Music Festival. Sylvan has served as the concertmaster of Oklahoma State University Youth Orchestra, Oklahoma North Central Honor Orchestra, Sewanee Cumberland Orchestra, and is currently playing with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Oklahoma City!


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.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Tuesday, September 11 in Oklahoma City

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 Anna Trofimova arrives in Oklahoma City on September 11 at 5:30pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Anna Trofimova 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 Julia's Dance Academy 1229 West Lindsey Street, Norman, Oklahoma 73069. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm, at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center.  Buy Tickets

Julia’s School of Dance has open for 5 years and is a predominately Classical Ballet school but also offer hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom, tap and jazz classes. At Julia’s School of Dance your child will practice the fundamentals correctly, avoiding unnecessary injuries and traumas (SAFETY);  will learn correct terminology for all of the movements and techniques, providing competence in scholastic advancement  (KNOWLEDGE); will acquire the true essence of being a dancer, including the ethics and aesthetics (BEAUTY); will become a highly disciplined artist – a proven factor to improve performance in school and better behavior at home (CONSISTENCY); will showcase their talent and skills mastered at Julia’s and be a part of professional performing arts productions (PURPOSE) and can advance to certification level awarded by industry recognized dance professionals. This certification provides your child entrance into advanced levels of training or performing (CREDIBILITY). Former Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director/P.R. spokesperson Svetlana Todinova is now ballet teacher at Julia’s.

Oklahoma City Young Musical Phenom Laura Deng Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on November 19, 2017 at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center

Oklahoma City’s young phenom, cellist Laura Deng , will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on Sunday, November 19, at 5:00 pm at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Deng will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet 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. More information and tickets at

Oklahoma’s Laura Deng, 17, is a cellist from Stillwater. She serves as the principal cellist for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, as well as a cellist for both the OYO Honor Quartet and the OSSM Quartet, which won First Place at the OKC Music Olympics in 2017. She has been a member of the All-State Orchestra for the past two years. Deng has placed in numerous solo competitions as well, winning First Place cello at the Oklahoma City Orchestra League Buttram Competition in 2016 and 2017, Second Place at the American Protege International Concerto Competition, and Alternate at the Oklahoma MTNA Senior String Competition. Deng will make her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2017 as part of the American Protege Competition. She is currently under the pedagogy of Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Deng as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.

About the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center

The Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center is a premier educational facility and cultural venue for Rose State College students and central Oklahoma.

The heart of the center is the 1,400-seat theater which has  exceptional theatrical capabilities, superb acoustics, and hosts a variety of live cultural and educational events. The exterior of the building features a 336-seat amphitheater designed to host various outdoor events and performances.