Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker - a Holiday Tradition at The Fox Theatre
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The Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Fox, complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl on her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom. With choreography by John McFall and Tchaikovsky's delightful score played live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, it's a traditional holiday treat that's been enchanting generations of Atlantans for more than 50 years. Adding to the excitement, the Georgia Youth Choir will be lending its talents to Act I's "Snow Scene," and for the first two weeks of the run, the mysterious Drosselmeyer will be played by master illusionist and America's Got Talent finalist Drew Thomas, bringing an extra touch of magic to the proceedings. Learn More
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You glide to the door and open it wide. It’s magic...silent and chilled and sparkling silver. Be swept away with this fresh, snow-fallen wonderland. Swirl and twirl with childhood dreams and come alive this holiday season.
John McFall - Choreographer
For fifteen years, John McFall's artistic vision has gracefully guided Atlanta Ballet as it continues to grow as one of the premiere dance companies in the United States. In that time, his imaginative and innovative programming has inspired audiences wherever they perform. A hallmark of John's has been his collaborative spirit, which has fused the art of dance with such performers as the Indigo Girls, the Red Clay Ramblers, The Michael O'Neal Singers, and Newbirth Missionary Baptist Church. Through these creative partnerships, John and the Company have stayed in step with the vibrancy of the city of Atlanta. In 2008, John broke new ground by bringing the Company together with another Atlanta legend, Big Boi of OutKast, who performed onstage with the fabulous Atlanta Ballet dancers. John has opened the door for tomorrow's dancers through the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, where hundreds of young dancers are able to experience the joy of dance for themselves. Half of the professional dancers in Atlanta Ballet were trained in the Centre, and many more are members of other distinguished dance companies. The Centre also provides outreach initiatives that bring dance to thousands of students throughout metro Atlanta each year. John and Atlanta Ballet will continue to commit to presenting more original and entertaining works to our communities.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Composer
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 at Votkinsk, in the government of Vyatka, Russia. At the age of five, he began to study piano, soon revealing his amazing gifts. It wasn't until he was 21, however, that he began to study music seriously. In 1863, Tchaikovsky entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory and undertook some private training.
Tchaikovsky frequently attended the opera and fell in love with the music of Mozart. In 1866, Tchaikovsky moved permanently to Moscow where he accepted a teaching position in a new conservatory. It was there that his First Symphony was created, receiving a warm reception from Moscow audiences in 1868. Other works followed with less success, including Tchaikovsky's first opera, The Voyevoda, in 1869, later re-worked into The Oprichnik in 1874. By then Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony had begun winning acclaim, as had his First Piano Concerto. Following these compositions were his Third Symphony and Swan Lake, the tone poem Francesca da Rimini in 1875, and the Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra in 1876.
By the end of 1876, Tchaikovsky was contacted by a wealthy admirer, Nadejda Fillaretovna von Meck, who gave him several commissions and became his sponsor for the next 12 years. In the late 1870s, he wrote some of his greatest works, including the opera Eugene Onegin, theViolin Concerto, and the Fourth Symphony. He wrote Manfredin 1885; the Fifth Symphony in 1888; another successful opera, Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) in 1890; and theCasse-Noisette ballet in 1891.
These successes made Tchaikovsky famous throughout the world. He temporarily surrendered his shyness to conduct and, in 1888, made an international conducting tour. In 1891, Tchaikovsky came to New York and conducted his own works at the ceremonies of the opening of Carnegie Hall.
By 1890, the inevitable break with his sponsor Madame von Meck had occurred and, while Peter gained financial independence, he felt his loss on a more personal, rather than professional, level. Madame von Meck, in addition to an income of 6,000 roubles, had provided Tchaikovsky an outlet to air his opinions, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. There has been no particular reason recorded as to why the break between them occurred.
In 1893, Tchaikovsky completed the Pathetique Symphony No.6 and conducted it at St. Petersburg to a rather apathetic response. Unfortunately, Peter would not live to see its ultimate success.
About the Ticket Supplier: Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta Ballet was founded seven decades ago by dance visionary Dorothy Alexander (1904-1986). Miss Dorothy had a dream of bringing quality ballet to the Atlanta community. The result was the Dorothy Alexander Dance Concert Group--the first step in the regional ballet movement that swept the nation. Upon gaining professional status in 1967, the company was renamed Atlanta Ballet. Today, under the artistic leadership of John McFall, Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America, the largest self-supported arts organization in Georgia, and the official Ballet of Georgia.