The Nutcracker (Swing!)
Concordia Santa Fe's 4th annual production of The Nutcracker (Swing!) includes the performance of Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn's Nutcracker Suite, for Jazz Band, with a chamber arrangement of P.I. Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite.
December 17, 2014 - 7PM
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico
December 19, 2014 - 7PM
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
As the crispness of winter descends upon us here in Santa Fe, the storefronts and happenings of the season turn our minds to the holidays. Farolitos, carols, biscochitos, sugarplums... and Duke Ellington.
Yes, that’s right, Duke Ellington – and his arranger and co-writer, Billy Strayhorn, of course, of “Take the A Train” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” fame. These figureheads of the Big Band era brought the jazz movement into mainstream American culture. And they were, of course, two of the most swingin’ cats to have graced our green earth.
You don’t associate Ellington and Strayhorn with the holidays? Well, it’s about time that changed. Concordia Santa Fe is bringing a new holiday classic to Santa Fe: the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Performed in tandem with chamber arrangements of the original Tchaikovsky movements, it’s sure to take the Santa Fe holiday season to a much hipper, cooler place.
Nutcracker (Swing!) presents the Tchaikovsky movements with their Ellington/Strayhorn counterparts:
Overture Miniature vs. Overture
Dance of the Reed Pipes vs. Toot Toot Tootie Toot
March vs. Peanut Brittle Brigade
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy vs. Sugar Rum Cherry
Russian Dance vs. The Volga Vouty
Chinese Dance vs. Chinoserie
Waltz of the Flowers vs. Dance of the Floreadores
Arabian Dance vs. Arabesque Cookie
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last updated 11/24/2014