KRCU Makes Final Push for ‘Classical Vibrance: A Night with Moscow Ballet’ Special Fund-Raising Event

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 4, 2009 — With a respectful nod to the classical arts, KRCU and Moscow Ballet present “Classical Vibrance: A Night at the Ballet,” a special fund-raising effort held in conjunction with Moscow Ballet’s 2009 “Great Russian Nutcracker.”

The fund raiser will help support KRCU’s mission and keep classical music programming available in southeast Missouri. The project also serves as an educational program devoted to exploring the importance of the classical arts.

This fund raiser, closely associated with KRCU’s Fall Membership Drive, began in October with a week of Russian classical music programming and a live broadcast at the West Park Mall. It will culminate with Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance  Hall on the River Campus of Southeast. Tickets are available by contacting KRCU at (573) 651-5070, and there is an option for supporters to attend a cocktail party preceding the ballet.

Traditionally, Moscow Ballet offers two performances during its annual visit to Cape Girardeau.  This holiday season, travel confines have forced the troupe to perform one night only.  With an overwhelming demand for tickets and such limited seating, the performance is sold out through the box office.  Only tickets held by KRCU for their fund-raising drive remain available for purchase.  Without entry to the cocktail party, the tickets are the same price as those purchased at the box office, yet KRCU will receive a portion of each sale.

Both KRCU and Moscow Ballet extend warm thanks to event sponsors the Southeast Missourian, Innovative Ideas and Incentives, Shelter Insurance-Stephanie Ogle, Southeast Missouri Hospital, Thomas R. Higgins Accounting, LLC, Horst Pharmacy, Marathon Benefits Group, AT&T, Elite Travel Inc. & Cruises, Jayson Jewelers, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and Ruopp and Ruopp Dentistry. 

Principal artists Ekaterina Bortykova and Akzhol Mussakhanov star as Masha and the Nutcracker Prince. Bortykova won the Vaganova Prize in 1998 and the Prize for Artistic Inspiration at the International Kazan Ballet Competition in 2002. She won a Diploma and the Best Couple Prize at the “Arabesque” International Ballet Competition in Perm.

Mussakhanov graduated from the State Choreographic School of Kazakhstan in 2001. He competed at the IX International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2001) and the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev in 2004. He has toured internationally as a principal dancer with Swansee Ballet Russe in Wales, United Kingdom, and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Odessa, Ukraine. 

Praised for exquisite dancing and gorgeous costumes, the “Great Russian Nutcracker” is directed by Ballet Master Anatoli Emelianov. Set against Valentin Fedorov’s spectacular hand-painted backdrops and life-sized dancing puppets, the “Great Russian Nutcracker” delights audiences with a visual tapestry rich in detail and whimsy. Fedorov studied at the Moscow Artistic Academic Theater, under the legendary designer Valery Leventhal of the Bolshoi Theatre. An Honored Artist of Chuvashia, he is the art director at the Chuvashia State Theater and has designed more than 40 productions for opera and ballet. In 1991, his “Blackberry Along the Fence” won “Best Performances of Russia Festival.”

The performance is especially distinctive for its unique setting of Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” and for the introduction of a new character, a Christmas Dove. Also new this year is a fantasy clock with wings of an owl that cast a shadow over the battle between the Soldiers and the Mice.

Moscow Ballet features top graduates of the Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic, and Kiev schools. Critics rave that the “Great Russian Nutcracker” is “flawless,” “breathtaking” and “dazzling.” Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical ballet to make the “Great Russian Nutcracker” a memorable holiday treat for everyone.

To purchase tickets, call KRCU Public Radio at (573) 651-5070 or toll-free at (888) 651-5070

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.krcu.org/.