Events: Arizona - Phoenix - Scottsdale
- Ballet Arizona Presents The Nutcracker
- 12.08.2017 - 12.24.2017
- Symphony Hall - Phoenix
- Performing Arts Events
Ballet Arizona is announces that The Phoenix Symphony will once again perform for Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker, restoring live music to the holiday favorite after a one-year hiatus. Residents and visitors once again have the unique opportunity to experience two of the Valley’s leading performing arts organizations in one magical performance when the nationally-recognized production is presented Dec. 8-24 at Symphony Hall.
“Ballet performed to live music is the art in its greatest form for both the audience and the dancers,” said Samantha Turner, Ballet Arizona’s executive director. “The Nutcracker is often the first experience of the performing arts for many, so it is especially meaningful to have live music as part of this production. We are grateful to The Phoenix Symphony for its collaborative efforts, and to our subscribers, patrons, donors and board who supported its return.”
Ballet Arizona is the only professional ballet company in the Valley, and its presentation of Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker was named one of the top three productions in the United States by The New York Times’ chief dance critic, Alastair Macaulay. The $1.8 million production was created in 2006 by Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen, and features the company’s 30 professional dancers, more than 100 youth performers, 100,000 Swarovski crystals, and 260 costumes created with 6,500 yards of tulle.
“The Phoenix Symphony celebrates and shares the artistic vision of Ib Anderson and Ballet Arizona and is happy to be providing, once again, the critical element of live music for The Nutcracker,” said Jim Ward, president and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “It is always our honor and privilege to perform with and support the world class artistry that Ib Anderson brings to the Phoenix community and we hope, through the community's support, that this marriage of the Phoenix Symphony's live music with Ballet Arizona's innovative work will continue for years to come.”
Single tickets for Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker go on sale July 10 and are available immediately for subscribers. Tickets start as low as $25, with discounts available for seniors, active military, and college students. Groups can save up to 35 percent with advance bookings — a great way to have a holiday celebration with friends, family, employees or clients. Visit balletaz.org to purchase tickets.