November 6, 2013

Magical Nutcracker with Rochester City Ballet

This Thanksgiving, be transported by Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and the captivating dance and costumes of The Nutcracker. This year marks the 15th anniversary of this enchanting production by the RPO and Rochester City Ballet. Performances take place at 2 and 7 PM daily Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The classic tale of Clara and her magical nutcracker is brought to life by talented dancers from the Rochester City Ballet, guest artists from America's top ballet companies, 175 community children, and the Bach Children’s Chorus – with Tchaikovsky's wonderful music performed live by your RPO, conducted by Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair).

RCB Artistic Director Jamey Leverett has created new choreography for The Nutcracker’s signature Land of Snow scene. “The whole show is nostalgic and exciting, with the snow scene being one of the most magical moments in the entire production,” Leverett said. “We’ve updated this classic section to showcase the incredible technique of our dancers and make the scene that much more special.”

Children's tickets start at only $10! Click here for tickets online, or call the Eastman Theatre Box Office at 585-454-2100.

Get ready for The Nutcracker with story readings at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford (Nov. 8, 7 PM), Penfield Library (Nov. 9, 11 AM), Greece Library (Nov. 9, 11 AM), and Strong Museum of Play (Nov. 11, 11 AM and 1 PM). 

Fans are invited to answer Nutcracker trivia questions on Facebook throughout the month of November for a chance to win two tickets to the Sunday evening show. To follow performance preparations and see behind-the-scenes photos of costumes and rehearsals, visit the RCB Facebook page.

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