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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | November 29, 1993
An article in Monday's Today section incorrectly listed the phone number for the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis. The correct number to call for information regarding the ballet company's production of "The Nutcracker" is (410) 263-2909.The Sun regrets the error.In America, most young ballerinas take their first important steps on stage as one of the children attending the party in a big production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."A lucky, talented girl will get to play Clara, whose dream provides the fanciful action of the holiday perennial.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Even people who ordinarily find ballet a tough nut to crack can find themselves falling for the charms of "The Nutcracker. " Set to an ear worm-filled score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells a Christmas Eve story of childhood and fantasy, toys and sweets, snow and sentiment. As much an annual holiday tradition as Handel's "Messiah," the ballet is presented by companies of every size and level all over the country. Two large-sized productions are on the local calendar this weekend.
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By Brooke Nevils and Brooke Nevils,SUN REPORTER | December 14, 2006
Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, with its dancing Sugar Plum Fairy, waltzing flowers and toy soldiers, has long been a beloved holiday tradition. This season, Baltimoreans can see Russian dancers perform the ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky for the Alexandre Dumas adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffman short story. The Lyric Opera House is offering four performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker by the Moscow Ballet. "It features an all-star Russian cast, including two stars from the Kirov Ballet, the No. 1 ballet company in the world," says Akiva Talmi, the show's producer.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Guiding the orchestras during this weekend's "Nutcracker" performances will be two conductors with Baltimore connections. It's a homecoming for Andrew Grams. The Baltimore School for the Arts alum - class of '95 - will be on the podium for his alma mater's production at the Modell/Lyric, conducting the Baltimore Symphony. "My high school years were some of the best years of my life," says Grams, 36. "It will be a lot of fun being back to do this. " Grams, who became music director of the Elgin (Ill.)
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | December 10, 1998
The sweet, classic fantasy of "The Nutcracker" ballet is more likely to induce visions of sugarplum fairies instead of repression, assassination and political turmoil.But the Moscow Ballet is dedicating this year's production of the Christmas tradition to the memory of outspoken democratic Russian legislator Galina Staravoitova, who was assassinated on Nov. 20 while ascending the stairs to her St. Petersburg apartment."She was the last one who was willing to speak out," says Akiva Talmi, producer of the Moscow Ballet.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Even people who ordinarily find ballet a tough nut to crack can find themselves falling for the charms of "The Nutcracker. " Set to an ear worm-filled score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells a Christmas Eve story of childhood and fantasy, toys and sweets, snow and sentiment. As much an annual holiday tradition as Handel's "Messiah," the ballet is presented by companies of every size and level all over the country. Two large-sized productions are on the local calendar this weekend.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1999
For the past few weeks, the sugar plum fairies, butterflies, angels and Arabians have been practicing their steps.Sixteen young ballet students from Howard County pile into their parents' cars each Sunday and make the trek to Towson University's Burdick Hall, where they learn and rehearse their parts in the perennial Christmastime favorite, "The Nutcracker."Though it often seems productions of "The Nutcracker" in December are more numerous than snowflakes in winter, this "Nutcracker" is special for these dancers.
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August 19, 2007
The Westminster Ballet Theatre (WBT) and State of the Arts Dance & Music Center (SOTA) will host Yevgen Babachenko, male soloist for the Moscow Ballet, for two days of free master dance classes at the State of the Arts studio, 90 Aileron Court, Westminster. This is Babachenko's second year performing in Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker U.S. Tour. Babachenko, 24, is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. This year, he will perform the role of Fritz in The Nutcracker.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | December 3, 1993
In "The Nutcracker" ballet, toy soldiers duel with a band of mice. But the stage battle has nothing on a behind-the-scenes brouhaha in Baltimore involving rival import productions of the holiday season confection.Officials of two area productions of "The Nutcracker," including the version by the Moscow Ballet that arrived this week at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, have objected to the tone of advertising for a third production due at the Lyric Opera House later this month.Yet representatives of that production, by the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine (scheduled Dec. 18-23 at the Lyric)
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By Susan Reimer | December 31, 2009
You'd think that if anybody could dance through a snowstorm, it would be members of the Moscow Ballet. But the pre-Christmas blizzard that paralyzed the area forced the cancellation of the troupe's performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Lyric Opera House until this weekend. And now there's more lousy weather predicted. Nevertheless, performances set for Saturday and Sunday will go on. "There is a certain romanticism of the Moscow Ballet riding in on a snowstorm," said associate producer Dan Talmi in a telephone call from the back of the tour bus, heading north from Florida to Charlottesville, Va., and then to Baltimore.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
The holiday season wouldn't be the holiday season without colorful music and dance events. And, just as department stores break out the Christmas decorations earlier and earlier, some performing arts organizations get into the swing before Thanksgiving. A couple of stage versions of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," for example, are already up and running, with more on the way. Handel's evergreen oratorio "Messiah" and Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet "The Nutcracker" will be here in abundance before you know it, along with all sorts of seasonal concerts by any number of ensembles, starting next weekend with a holiday program by the Canadian Tenors.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
Plenty of young girls dream of performing with a prestigious ballet company, and for about 50 of them from the greater Baltimore area the first step was Sunday. During a marathon, multi-hour session at the Moving Company Dance Center in Cockeysville, the girls, and a couple of boys, auditioned to perform a version of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" with the Moscow Ballet Company. It was the 19th year that local ballet students have auditioned to perform with the Russian troupe.
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By Susan Reimer | December 31, 2009
You'd think that if anybody could dance through a snowstorm, it would be members of the Moscow Ballet. But the pre-Christmas blizzard that paralyzed the area forced the cancellation of the troupe's performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Lyric Opera House until this weekend. And now there's more lousy weather predicted. Nevertheless, performances set for Saturday and Sunday will go on. "There is a certain romanticism of the Moscow Ballet riding in on a snowstorm," said associate producer Dan Talmi in a telephone call from the back of the tour bus, heading north from Florida to Charlottesville, Va., and then to Baltimore.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2008
The first time Jennifer Muccioli performed in The Nutcracker ballet she was 6 years old. As a member of the snow scene, she dreamed of a day when she would have a more prominent role, she said. "I always wanted to do bigger parts in the ballet," said Jennifer, 14, a ninth-grader at Fallston High. "I often thought about what it would be like to get to do that." After a seven-year hiatus, she is returning to the Lyric Opera House stage in Baltimore as a butterfly and a member of the Russian Variation, said Jennifer, who lives in Bel Air. She will be performing as a children's cast member of the Moscow Ballet's traveling tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | December 11, 2008
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky never quite got the whole self-assurance thing. The composer typically disparaged his own music at one point or another, as he did in 1892, after finishing a ballet that he called "infinitely poorer than The Sleeping Beauty," which he had written a couple of years earlier. "I have no doubt about it," he wrote a friend. To another, he just said: "This old chap's getting worn out." What Tchaikovsky didn't know was that he had composed what would become the most widely beloved and performed of all ballets - The Nutcracker.
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By Dana Kinker and Dana Kinker,Sun reporter | November 22, 2007
Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet, which premiered in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been a holiday tradition in the United States since the New York City Ballet's performance of it in 1954. Based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King , by E.T.A. Hoffmann, this ballet takes people into the dream world of Clara, a 7-year-old girl whose nutcracker doll comes to life on Christmas Eve. After transforming into a handsome prince, the Nutcracker defeats the evil Mouse King and then takes Clara on a magical journey into the enchanting Land of Sweets.
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June 25, 2006
Common Ground concert series Common Ground on the Hill will present a series of nightly concerts and dances the weeks of July 3 and July 10 in conjunction with its Traditions Weeks workshops at McDaniel College in Westminster. The public is invited to attend the concerts at 8 p.m. the week of July 3 and 7 p.m. the week of July 10. Tickets are $10 for most events. A Common Ground Grand Dance will be held July 3 and 10 in the Forum. Concerts are: Blues Night, July 4 and 12; July 5, 6, 7, 11 and 14, staff concerts; and July 13, student open mike, all in Alumni Hall.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Guiding the orchestras during this weekend's "Nutcracker" performances will be two conductors with Baltimore connections. It's a homecoming for Andrew Grams. The Baltimore School for the Arts alum - class of '95 - will be on the podium for his alma mater's production at the Modell/Lyric, conducting the Baltimore Symphony. "My high school years were some of the best years of my life," says Grams, 36. "It will be a lot of fun being back to do this. " Grams, who became music director of the Elgin (Ill.)
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August 19, 2007
The Westminster Ballet Theatre (WBT) and State of the Arts Dance & Music Center (SOTA) will host Yevgen Babachenko, male soloist for the Moscow Ballet, for two days of free master dance classes at the State of the Arts studio, 90 Aileron Court, Westminster. This is Babachenko's second year performing in Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker U.S. Tour. Babachenko, 24, is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. This year, he will perform the role of Fritz in The Nutcracker.
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By Brooke Nevils and Brooke Nevils,SUN REPORTER | December 14, 2006
Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, with its dancing Sugar Plum Fairy, waltzing flowers and toy soldiers, has long been a beloved holiday tradition. This season, Baltimoreans can see Russian dancers perform the ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky for the Alexandre Dumas adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffman short story. The Lyric Opera House is offering four performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker by the Moscow Ballet. "It features an all-star Russian cast, including two stars from the Kirov Ballet, the No. 1 ballet company in the world," says Akiva Talmi, the show's producer.
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