Saskatoon violinist to open for Moscow Ballet on Sunday

Before the Moscow Ballet takes the stage this Sunday at TCU Place, one of Saskatoon's own will be opening the set with a solo violin piece.

William Boan to perform in special program prior to Nutcracker show

William Boan, Saskatoon violinist will accompany dancers from the Moscow Ballet this weekend as a special feature before their Nutcracker performance. (Rosalie Woloski/CBC)

The Moscow Ballet will be performing the Great Russian Nutcracker at TCU place this weekend. Before the company takes the stage, the audience will be treated to a special performance by Saskatoon's own musical wunderkind. 

Violinist William Boan started playing when he was only two years old. Now at 20, he will play a solo piece while one of the company's principal ballerinas performs the dying swan solo, part of from Camille Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals.

The performance is part of the the Ballet's salute to winners of the young Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition and Boan is the winner.

He talked to Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski about his upcoming performance,

Though he's accompanied orchestras in the past, he said this will be his first time accompany a soloist. 

"The difference here is I'm one following her," as opposed to the ballerina following the musician, he said. 

Despite the first time experience, he said he feels great going into it. And he didn't hint at any feelings of nervousness either.

He's not going to meet the dancer until one hour before the show starts, affording the pair only a bit of practice together.

As for prepping before the show, Boan said he's learning to "bend what notes are longer and shorter."

Ultimately, he said he's happy and grateful to have won the competition to open for the Ballet, saying it's "a great honour to perform with one of the best ballet companies."

The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcacker plays on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CST at TCU place.

Saskatoon violinist, William Boan, will accompany dancers from the Moscow Ballet in special performance of Camille Saint-Saens "Dying Swan." (Rosalie Woloski/CBC)


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