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The ballet “The Nutcracker” has become an annual holiday tradition for families and friends alike across the country, and the beautiful production, performed by the Spokane Symphony and Santa Barbara, California-based State Street Ballet, at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is an absolute delight.
Jessica Cochran fell in love with ballet when she was 2 years old after she saw a ballet performance at the Chataqua festival in her hometown of Chewelah. She immediately asked her mother if she could start ballet classes.
Holiday lights are strung up all over the city, and Christmas shows are lighting up local stages. Just this week, the offerings run the gamut from the circus and ballet to stage and screen classics, including the sold-out screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” featuring star Chevy Chase tonight at the Fox.
A by-the-numbers look at “The Nutcracker,” The Spokane Symphony, and State Street Ballet.
After more than 125 performances in “The Nutcracker” in Rhode Island, a 19-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Archie is leaving the stage.
State Street Ballet will return to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox to perform with the Spokane Symphony, conducted by Jorge Luis Uzcategui, and more than 75 local dancers Thursday through Dec. 2.
In the end, “Nutcracker” is a delightfully old-school diversion. The plot may not always hum with the clockwork precision of one of Drosselmeyer’s mechanical toys, but like a music box, it nevertheless plays a sweet tune.
Jennika, Kiersty and Jacqueline will appear as a tall angel, solider and bon bon, respectively, in “The Nutcracker,” Thursday-Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
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.
The enchanting Land of the Sweets needn’t be just a dream within a dance. Home cooks can carry the whimsy of “The Nutcracker” off of the stage and into their kitchens with sweets inspired by the story.
Local dancer comes back to Fox with State Street Ballet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.