This wonderful Danbury tradition, now in its 52nd year of production, features over 200 dancers, accompanied by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra which plays Tchaikovsky’s score, live!
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Arthur Fredric, Artistic Director, Director/Choreographer, celebrates his 21st year with the Danbury Music Centre as Artistic Director for the Nutcracker Ballet. He is directing and choreographing with his wife of 28 years, Lisa Denton, for the 17th time. Arthur is also an award-winning teacher with the National Dance Institute and a former Broadway performer.
Arthur is in his 21st year with NDI, the brainchild of the great Jacques d’Amboise and the gold standard in arts education in the United States and around the world. Mr. Fredric performed in the 1980 Broadway revival of West Side Story, touring in the role of Action, as directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. As a choreographer, he collaborated with jazz dance innovator Ronn Forella for 11 years, helping choreograph shows and movies for Liza Minnelli, Ann Reinking, Fred Ebb, Marc Shaiman, and Bill Murray (Stripes). Arthur’s choreography was featured in Off Broadway shows for Liz Swados (The Red Sneaks at the Perry Street Theater), Carey Perloff (Swadosized at the Bottom Line), and Carol Hall (Ain’t Love Easy at St. Bart’s Playhouse). He was Stunt Coordinator for the horror movie Mad Man Marz. He has taught jazz dance and stunt training/stage combat at Columbia University, Binghamton University, Western Connecticut State University, Manhattanville College, and at the University of Colorado. Arthur and Lisa have collaborated with UC Boulder Associate Professor Beth Osnes, contributing to her new book, Performance for Resilience, and directing and choreographing a theater piece as part of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. They have also conducted workshops in acting and dance for various casts of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, including Michael Jackson ONE and The Beatles LOVE. Mr. Fredric owns a video production company, which films theater and dance events, and is directing a documentary film about selected poets and a unique poetry conference. He lives in Connecticut with Lisa – the proud parents of three children, Will, Maya, and Dylan.
Lisa Denton, Co-Director/Choreographer and Costume Designer, is happy to be celebrating her 21st year working on the costumes and staging for the Danbury Music Centre Nutcracker. Lisa is a former gymnast and pursued ballet with the Westchester Ballet Company and ballet, modern and jazz at Denison University and UCLA. She also assisted Ronn Forella and trained with David Storey in NYC. She was a principal dancer and costume designer for the New Dance Collective. As an actress, Lisa performed in movies (Back to School, Tonight’s the Night), on television (Riptide, A-Team, As the World Turns), in many commercials, and portrayed a ménage of character voices on radio for the Imus in the Morning program on WNBC. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, she assisted Arthur at a United Nations conference in NYC, and also taught workshops at the University of Colorado and in Las Vegas for Cirque du Soleil. Lisa is on the Board of Directors of the Heart River Healing Center in New York, is an advisor to the Lightfield Foundation, and is in private practice as an intuitive counselor.
Ariel Rudiakov, Music Director and Conductor, Danbury Symphony Orchestra is a third-generation musician receiving his early musical training from his parents, cellist Michael and pianist Judith in Riverdale, NY. In addition to his post as Music Director for the DSO, he was recently appointed conductor of the University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and co-coordinator of string chamber music studies there. Ari was Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester Music Festival for 16 years and is now Co-founder and Director of Taconic Music, Inc. After attending Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Division (Pre-College) Ari went on to earn viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s masters program where he studied privately with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. In both capacities, Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music throughout the USA and abroad with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Andre Michel Schub, Adam Neiman, Joseph Kalichstein and many others. At the podium, he has collaborated with world-renowned musicians; violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, among others of similar note. In addition to his post with the Danbury Symphony and Manchester Chamber Orchestra’s he has been conductor of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and Metropolitan symphonies in New Jersey, as a guest for NYC’s Antara Ensemble, Harlem Chamber Players ,Yonkers Philharmonic and others. He is a former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet and was a founding member of SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City).Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens, the critically acclaimed piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini along with many live performances drawn from decades of concerts at the MMF. American composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Rudiakov, who is also active in commissioning and recording new music.
He has appeared on WAMC, WQXR, NY and Vermont Public Radio and Public Television, and additionally has held positions at Middlebury and Bennington Colleges and Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division.Ariel resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children; Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith. He plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.