The Nutcracker is a perennial favorite of generations of children and children at heart. Thrill to the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet. The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, including “Waltz of the Flowers, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” the entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets and beautiful costumes.
UGA Performing Arts Center
Welcome Stephen Mulligan, that Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new Assistant Conductor, when the orchestra returns to Athens for this very special performance. The New Year’s Eve concerts of the past two years have been rousing successes as hundreds of merry revelers filled Hodgson Hall. This year’s event promises to be just as popular with a program of light and lively concert and pop favorites. The ninety-minute concert begins at 7 p.m., so attendees will be out early enough to enjoy any other traditional activities. Ring in 2018 in style with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Brighten the holiday season as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform the “Christmas” portion and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from George Frederic Handel’s Messiah.Founded in 1970 by former ASO Music Director Robert Shaw, the 200-voice ASO Chorus is known for its precision and expressive performances. Its recordings with the ASO have won multiple Grammy Awards, including Best Choral Performance. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie will be on the podium for this glorious concert.
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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s annual December performances of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos is a New York City holiday tradition that The New York Times calls “brimming with life.” It is a rare opportunity to enjoy all six of the concertos on the same concert performed by the unmatched artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Tickets are $66-$76. For more information, visit: pac.uga.edu
Three master concert artists perform keyboard works of the giants of Western music—Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms—on historic instruments. Kenneth Weiss, harpsichordist, plays Bach. Eric Zivian, one of America’s foremost fortepiano specialists, plays Beethoven. Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, performs Brahms on the Steinway grand.
From PAC website:
The Nutcracker is the perennial favorite of generations of children and “children at heart.” The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Thrill to the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, including “Waltz of the Flowers," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” the annual visit of the Russian State Ballet has become a tradition of the Athens holiday season.