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"Nutcracker" Ballet Among Performances this Month at Santa Monica College

 
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November 14, 2017 -- Snow will fall and a Christmas tree will grow in Santa Monica once again during a performances of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” Ballet on Thanksgiving weekend.

The four performances at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, November 25, and Sunday, November 26, in The Broad Stage are part of a series of concerts presented by Santa Monica College (SMC) this month.

Once again, the SMC Symphony will partner with the Westside Ballet for the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles, dating back to 1973.
The production features international ballet star Joy Womack -- a Westside Ballet alumna a principal dancer with the Kremlin Ballet Theater in Moscow -- as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker Ballet
Waltz of the Flowers (Courtesy Westside Ballet)

Womack made headlines five years ago when she became the first American female invited to dance under contract with the Bolshoi Ballet company.

The performance is produced with support from Santa Monica College, the SMC Public Policy Institute and the City of Santa Monica as part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium (See westsideballet.com for ticket details).

Other November performances include a free lecture-recital this Thursday at 7 p.m. in The Edye presented by Dr. Yulia Kozlova who will perform piano works by Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein and Karel Berman.

The three composers were interred at Terezín, "a concentration camp where Nazis sent Jewish musicians, composers, artists, scientists, and some of the most brilliant people from many European countries," event organizers said.

"Most perished at Terezín, but their voices can still be heard through their music," organizers said.

Complimentary tickets are available at the SMC Music Office in Room 211 of the Performing Arts Center.

Three other performances will take place this weekend, with tickets going for $10.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage, the SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble will present "Freedom is a Voice," featuring SMC’s award-winning jazz vocal ensemble backed by LA-area jazz musicians.

On Saturday at 2 p.m. in The Edye, the SMC Chamber Choir will present "Singing for Our Lives," a concert of chamber vocal music "dedicated to social consciousness and our responsibility, telling the under-told stories of people whose lives represent the need for transformation in our world."

And on Sunday at 2 p.m. in The Broad Stage, the SMC Wind Ensemble will perform a concert that features a new work by Oscar Navarro, "El Olimpo de los Dioses (Gods of Olympus)."

The symphonic suite is divided into movements "representing each of the deities of Olympus," organizers said.

For tickets and information (unless otherwise noted), visit www.smc.edu/eventsinfo or call (310) 434-3005 or (310) 434-4323.

 


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