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Holiday Favorite, The Nutcracker, Comes Back to Majestic Theatre
Ballet San Antonio, Symphony partner to bring family classic back during holidays
SAN ANTONIO (November 18, 2013) -- Ballet San Antonio, the city’s professional ballet company, performs the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, with the San Antonio Symphony for the fourth consecutive season. The Nutcracker will run over two weekends from November 29-December 1 and December 6-December 8. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the San Antonio Symphony Box Office, and the Majestic Theatre Box Office.
Last year, Jasmina Wellinghoff of the Express-News lauded the “fabulous dancing” and the “winter wonderland” for the fresh choreography Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche had created for a packed Majestic Theatre. This season Artistic Director, Gabriel Zertuche, will add some more exciting elements to his choreography. The Snow Waltz will include male corps de ballet members.
The dancers dazzling choreography will be accompanied by live symphonic music provided by the San Antonio Symphony. The full orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's unforgettable classic score under the direction of the Symphony's Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.
“San Antonio is incredibly lucky to have an artistic group as talented as Ballet San Antonio performing The Nutcracker,” said Akiko Fujimoto, San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor. “It has become a tradition for families to see The Nutcracker and the Symphony is so grateful to be a part of this annual performance.”
This season’s Nutcracker also features approximately 150 children from across San Antonio and surrounding areas, the largest number of children to participate in a Ballet San Antonio production.
“We’re thrilled to provide this experience to perform in a holiday classic to so many children throughout the city,” said Courtney Barker, Ballet San Antonio President & Executive Director. “Numerous parent volunteers are also participating backstage, making this an excellent educational and bonding experience for the entire family.”
As part of the company’s Learning That Moves You Outreach program, Ballet San Antonio and the Symphony will also stage two abridged performances from December 5-6 for school children from underserved areas. Learning That Moves You is sponsored by Rackspace and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation.
The mission of Ballet San Antonio is to share the splendor of dance through diverse artistic performances and outreach programs that reflect, promote, and enrich the cultural heritage of our South Texas community. We hold an uncompromising commitment to continually attract exceptional professional dancers, create distinctive performances, and make dance accessible to the widest possible audiences through partnerships with local organizations.
For more information about Ballet San Antonio and the 2013/2014 season, please visit www.balletsanantonio.org. Ballet San Antonio is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization.
About the San Antonio Symphony:
The San Antonio Symphony is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. The San Antonio Symphony, with more than 70 professional musicians, serves over 130,000 people per year including 40,000 students. For more information about the Symphony visit www.sasymphony.org. To purchase tickets, call the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010.