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Lilly Cottam and Ballerina Nataliia Ivasenko

7:30 pm

Tucson’s Young Musical Phenom Lilly Cottam Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Nataliia Ivasenko on December 22 at University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall.

Tucson’s young phenom, cellist Lilly Cottam, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Nataliia Ivasenko on Friday, December 22, 7:30 pm at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Cottam will perform Saint-SaĆ«ns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at

Cottam, seventeen-year-old, has played the cello for almost five years. Her teacher, Mary Beth Tyndall, is an inspiration and has pushed Lilly to aim higher than she thought was possible, and to enter various competitions, including the Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Young Artists Competition. As one of the winners of this competition, Lilly was featured as a soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson in May 2017. Although Lilly began learning the cello at a much later age than a lot of young musicians, she has been challenged to work hard and pursue excellence, in an effort to be able to perform at the same level as her peers. It is a great honor for her to perform with the Moscow Ballet Company.

Having studied in the Young Composer’s Project for three years, Lilly enjoys composing music as well as playing her cello. She has been a member of Tucson Junior Strings, and in her junior year, Lilly joined the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, enjoying the opportunities and community that TPYO offers. For several years, Lilly has attended the Cello Congress at the University of Arizona, as well as Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado; both of these experiences have stretched and challenged her musically. In the future, Lilly would like to teach music. Her dream is to pass on the same joy and love of music to others that she has been given by Mary Beth Tyndall.

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Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona
1020 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85719