Thursday December 19, 2013 / 7:30pmMiami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
How was your experience?
I must say that my overall experience was just fair. Firstly, I was not issued the seats in the section that was on my reservation confirmation. The box office agent at the Arsht Center was very kind and did exchange my seats. They told me that they have had many issues with Goldstar in the past and no longer contract with them. When the performance began I was horrified to find out that the music was recorded. I have been to many performances of Nutcracker and have never seen it performed to recorded music.. It really did ruin the whole experience for me. I also heard people around me commenting on their disappointment. Shame on the Miami City Ballet for not using a live orchestra for such an important, well-attended event. There are so many talented musicians in the South Florida area, and I do know that they do use live orchestra for some of their other ballets. The only saving grace was that the principal dancers were excellent. The production, on the whole, was just OK. I have seen much better productions. Would I recommend using Goldstar or this event to my friends? Definitely not!!