Photo submitted by ETHS

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ETHS junior Ben Solomonow, cellist, was one of six young U.S. musicians who won the opportunity to perform with the Moscow Ballet in December in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” He played on Dec. 2 at the Akoo (formerly Rosemont) Theatre in Rosemont.

Ben is a member of Midwest Young Artists (MYA), where he is the principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra. Featured twice on the WFMT radio show “Introductions” and NPR’s “From the Top” radio program (the photo above is from the latter performance), Ben has also collaborated
with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Pacifica Quartet.