Manchester Symphony performing Nutcracker concert at MCC Friday

By Journal Inquirer Staff
Thursday, November 30, 2017

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Symphony Orchestra will present “Nutcracker” on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the SBM Charitable Auditorium at Manchester Community College, Great Path.

Although Tchaikovsky wrote the music for a ballet, the Nutcracker Suite is just as popular on its own. Much of the music of the Suite is from the celebration at the Palace of Sweets, in which dancers represent exotic delicacies from all over the world.

Tchaikovsky defined the character of the various dances using various orchestral instruments, like rapid ascending runs from the flutes for the high-flying acrobatic Chinese dancers. Most famous is the chime-like celesta heard in the elegant Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tickets, available at the door, are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and free for those younger than 18.

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The concert will serve as a kind of trial run for the revival of a holiday tradition as the orchestra will be providing live music for two performances of Nutcracker by the Connecticut Concert Ballet on Saturday, Dec. 9.

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