Local Musical Wunderkind Elizabeth Sommers Accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina December 6 at Rochester’s RBTL Auditorium Theatre
Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Elizabeth Sommers on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Thurs., Dec. 6, 7pm, at the RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre, in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Elizabeth Sommers is a high school senior who has been playing the violin since she was eight. She performs in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and plans to pursue historical performance on the Baroque violin. 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 www.nutcracker.com/your-city.
Elizabeth (Liza) Sommers began her musical studies on the violin at age 8 with Alice Kanack of the Kanack School of Musical Artistry and took up the viola about six years later. Her musical interests range widely beyond the standard classical repertory; in addition to being a violist in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for two years, she plays in the Eastman School of Music's Schola Cantorum, an ensemble directed by Stephen Kennedy, offering weekly historically-informed performances of Gregorian plainchant and Renaissance and Baroque motets. Liza is also in a band, playing fiddle for the Rochester Contra Dance several times per year. She is currently studying the Baroque violin with Boel Gidholm, violinist and co-director of Publick Musick, a Rochester-based early music ensemble. A high school senior this year, Liza plans to pursue historical performance on the Baroque violin.