Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker - a Holiday Tradition at The Fox Theatre
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The last date listed for Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker was Thursday December 23, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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_, the_Violin Concerto_, and the Fourth Symphony. He wrote Manfred_in 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.