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SJO takes on jazzed up ‘Nutcracker’

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s 42nd season continues this weekend with “A Christmas Celebration,” a concert at the Bing Crosby Theater that will showcase jazzy yuletide numbers designed to get you in the holiday spirit. Perhaps the most significant piece on the roster is Duke Ellington’s interpretation of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker Suite,” a little-performed composition by an oft-performed composer.

Stringing together the holidays

There’s a moment near the end of the second act of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s legendary ballet “The Nutcracker,” in a movement known as “The Waltz of the Flowers,” when the orchestra goes silent and the harp takes center stage for a moment.

Locals, pros unite for magic of ‘Nutcracker’

For some Spokane children, visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy have been dancing in their heads since September. That’s when 81 children, ages 6 to 19, started rehearsing for this year’s production of “The Nutcracker” with the Spokane Symphony and the State Street Ballet, of Santa Barbara, California. Performances begin Thursday.

Putting a special touch on a holiday staple

It’s become as reliable a tradition as any: Every year around Christmas, like clockwork, P.I. Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet “The Nutcracker” is performed all over the world. The State Street Ballet, which is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has toured internationally with its version of the holiday favorite, and next week marks its third consecutive year performing with the Spokane Symphony. We spoke with three people who are involved in the Symphony’s upcoming production about their personal relationships with “The Nutcracker” and why it remains important as a Christmas tradition.

Clark: Blame my Powerball ticket for symphony strife

My surefire plan to end the Spokane Symphony strike failed miserably Wednesday night with the following depressing announcement. The winning Powerball tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri.

Millwood ‘Nutcracker’ production grows more elaborate

Saturdays are pretty busy this fall at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Argonne Road in Millwood. That’s when 60 young dancers, ages 3 to 20, arrive to rehearse for a local holiday production of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Spotlight: Holiday season offers bevy of events

The holidays are nearly upon us, with dozens of related arts events on the way. When I say dozens, that’s no exaggeration. Yet I wanted to pick out a few events and give you a start on your holiday arts planning:

Spotlight: Davenport Arts District ends with a $17,000 bang

The Davenport Arts District has ended its 25-year legacy in Spokane with one final generous act: It has donated $17,000 to the Spokane Arts Fund, the nonprofit organization of the Spokane Arts Commission. The district was formed to promote revitalization of the area surrounding the Davenport Hotel, with a focus on the arts. With the subsequent restoration of the hotel and the Fox Theater – and a full calendar of events at the Bing Crosby Theater and the Knitting Factory Concert House – the area has indeed become a lively center for the arts.

Dancers, Spokane Symphony to bring to life ‘The Nutcracker’

Ballet is kicking high these days. Jennifer Homan’s highly regarded history, “Apollo’s Angels,” has just been published, and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” – a kind of ballet horror movie – is reaching theaters. And, of course, performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” are happening everywhere this holiday season. Spokane is no exception.

Spotlight: Paul Taylor dancers, Kodo drummers coming up

Two out-of-the-ordinary cultural attractions are on the way to the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – one coming up soon, the other in midwinter: • Paul Taylor 2 , one of the ensembles of the acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company, will perform at The Fox on Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. It’s your chance to see Taylor’s inventive choreography and a troupe of world-class dancers.