Goh Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has withstood the test of time, and ranks as one of the most popular works of musical and ballet art ever created. It was not an immediate hit in its day, but gradually, its charming, simple story and lively, enchanting music, loaded with memorable melodies, made it into what is now a holiday season staple.

Chan Hon Goh says “Every community should have their own Nutcracker. That is why we are doing it every year.” Under her watchful, creative eye, The Nutcracker bursts with energy and verve, and this year principal dancers from the highly respected Royal Danish Ballet are on stage with dancers from the Goh Ballet. Music is conducted by maestro Kenneth Hsieh, and the overall effect is of whimsy, elegance, virtuosity, and charm.  If you have already seen a previous performance, you know how wonderful an evening this is. If this is your first time, be prepared to be taken into the world of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It will be the beginning of your own holiday tradition.

Performances are at the Centre for Performing Arts: December 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; December 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.; December 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Goh Ballet by David Cooper Photography.

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December 13, 2013