More than two dozen Lake Norman-area high school dance students will perform in front of a live orchestra Jan. 12 – an opportunity some never get to experience.Faith Mottershead, who teaches dance at Community School of Davidson High School, will lead the students as they perform excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with live music by the Lake Norman Orchestra. The 90-minute performance will be 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville. There’s a suggested donation of $10 per ticket, available at the door.“It is exciting to know my students will have the chance to perform with a live orchestra,” said Mottershead. “Some of these dancers have never had formal training, and this is quite a treat for them.”Eduardo Cedeño, the music director and principal conductor of the Mooresville-based orchestra, said the performance will highlight the talent of the community while showcasing the curriculum of Community School of Davidson.Cedeño serves as the chorus/band director at the High School, orchestra director at Gaston School of the Arts and is part of the music faculty at Mitchell Community College in Statesville. A conductor for 35 years, he will lead the 62-piece orchestra through a variety of selections during its 1 1/2-hour performance. Cedeño earned a master’s degree in music theory from Butler University Jordan College of Music in Indianapolis. The Lake Norman Orchestra formed in 2001 and Cedeño joined in 2008. He also studied in Europe and South America and has collaborated with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Opera, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, UNC Charlotte Opera, Carolina Voices and orchestras in Venezuela.“It is a privilege to perform with live orchestral music, and an honor most dance students never have,” he said. Mottershead and Cedeño collaborated on the show.“Ed and I worked together to choose excerpts from ‘The Nutcracker’ that we felt both audience and performers would enjoy,” said Mottershead. “…I hope the audience enjoys an enriching listening experience while watching young dancers who have worked for months to perfect their piece.”Mottershead’s inspiration for the “Waltz of the Flowers” came from a fellow dance instructor.“Her choreography caused me to love performing ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ in every Nutcracker, and her work inspired me in my own choreographic process,” said Mottershead. “I smile every time I see my dancers enjoying this piece as much as I did when I was their age.”Mottershead wants audiences to know that the Lake Norman Orchestra’s music speaks to the heart.“Ed is a passionate musician and conductor whose heart and soul seeps from every wave of his arm,” she said. “They have been gracious with our unique needs of timing and spacing, and I hope to have the honor of working with them again.”Performing with a live orchestra adds life to the show, said Kailyn O’Brien, a 16-year-old dancer from Charlotte.“With a soundtrack you are focused on the dancers and what they are doing, but when there is a live orchestra there is a spark of energy brought to the show that makes it all the more entertaining to see,” she said.Senior Katie Richards, from Davidson, agrees. “It brings more raw authenticity to the performance and draws the audience in,” she said. Junior Madison Cosby, from Charlotte, said this will be the first time the class performs with a live orchestra.“So if this is something new for you, you can know that it is new for us too,” she said.Junior Sara Davis, of Davidson, added: “You won’t be disappointed.”
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
Community School of Davidson students to perform “The Nutcracker” with Lake Norman Orchestra
Want to go?
High school dance students from Community School of Davidson will present “The Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Charles Mack Center, Main Street, Mooresville. $10 per ticket, available at the door. 704-662-3334.
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