Happy Birthday, Nutcracker Ballet!

The beloved Nutcracker Ballet turned 120 today. Though every town in the U.S. has fairly easy access to at least one live rendition of the seasonal ballet each year, that wasn’t always the case. The Nutcracker was a complete flop when it debuted in 1892 and did not gain its current popularity until the mid 1960s. We’re fortunate to have this masterpiece as a part of our annual holiday repertoire! Great that people started seeing

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Composer of the Week: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

We continue our salute to Disney’s Fantasia with the ever-fabulous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. With so many amazing works in his repertoire, how could we not love him? b. May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Russia d. November 6, 1893 in St. Petersburg, Russia Tchaikovsky began studying piano at age five and went on to train to work as a civil servant. Against his family’s wishes he discontinued his studies and entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Despite

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