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Mariinsky Orchestra

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Valery Gergiev
You won’t have to wait for Christmas to be enchanted by Tchaikovsky’s whimsical and wonderful ballet The Nutcracker. The irresistible music is spectacularly orchestrated and imbued with some of the most beloved—and widely recognized—melodies ever written. From the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," with its beguiling celesta solo, to the exuberant energy of the national dances, and culminating in the beautiful final tableau, it is a classic for all ages.

Part of: International Festival of Orchestras II

Mariinsky Orchestra is also performing November 1.

Valery Gergiev is also performing November 1 and May 18.


Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor


TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker (concert performance)

The Mariinsky Orchestra Residency with Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from Mrs. Veronica Atkins.

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Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker 

Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet The Nutcracker delights with rich melodies and shimmers with magnificent color, making each of its episodes—particularly the famous sequence of national dances—brilliantly characterized and absolutely irresistible. Tchaikovsky even introduced a secret weapon, which he hid from his rival Rimsky-Korsakov, into the score: In the delicate “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” he uses the celesta, a keyboard instrument with a glockenspiel-like tone, to weave an unforgettable magical spell.

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