George Balanchine's

The Nutcracker®

December 10-31, 2021
Academy of Music
The Treasured Tradition Returns

Tickets start at $25.00

The wait is over:  Balanchine’s beloved holiday classic returns! Gather the family together this holiday season to share in the magic, the charm, the spectacle, and the joy of The Nutcracker* ballet.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score—full of cherished holiday tunes—this extraordinary ballet celebrates the season through a timeless story of youth, romance, magical battles, and boundless beauty.

Follow young Marie on her fantastical adventures with parties and princes, Sugar Plum Fairies and snowflake waltzes, in a thrilling performance featuring stunning scenery, elaborate costuming, dazzling dancing, and a sensational score.  Whether this is your family’s first or fiftieth time with The Nutcracker, this remarkable production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

Tickets currently available to subscribers only

Performance Dates

Dec 10-31, 2021

Fri, Dec 10th
7:00pm
Sat, Dec 11th
2:00pm
7:00pm
Sun, Dec 12th
12:00pm
5:00pm
Thur, Dec 16th
11:00am***
7:00pm
Fri, Dec 17th
7:00pm
Sat, Dec 18th
12:00pm
5:00pm
Sun, Dec 19th
12:00pm
5:00pm
Thurs, Dec 23rd
2:00pm
7:00pm
Fri, Dec 24th
12:00pm
Sun, Dec 26th
12:00pm
5:00pm
Mon, Dec 27th
12:00pm**
5:00pm
Tue, Dec 28th
2:00pm
Wed, Dec 29th
12:00pm
5:00pm
Thur, Dec 30th
12:00pm
5:00pm
Fri, Dec 31st
12:00pm


*** Student Matinee

** Sensory Friendly Performance
* The Nutcracker is an add-on to subscriptions.

Choreographer

George Balanchine

George Balanchine

It is difficult to overstate the depth and breadth of the artistry and influence of choreographer, George Balanchine. Called the ‘Father of American Ballet,’ he combined a reverence for the classical training he received as a boy in St. Petersburg with ferocious originality and commitment to modernism. He and his many brilliant collaborators, including Sergei Diaghilev, Igor Stravinsky, Georges Rouault, and Karinska, among many, many others, transformed ballet into a 20th century artform. Balanchine’s influence as a teacher is every bit as paradigm-changing as the repertoire he created. When our own founder, Barbara Weisberger (herself a protégée of Balanchine) conceived of Philadelphia Ballet, Balanchine insisted, “But first, a school.”


Composer

Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky constitutes one of the pillars of the orchestral repertoire and the very foundation of classical ballet.  Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable melodies, inventive harmonies, and ground-breaking orchestrations make his music both loveable and eternal.  Ballet audiences are fortunate to hear not only the works he intended for dance, such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, but also a wide variety of orchestral pieces that have been choreographed by great dance-makers, such as George Balanchine.

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