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The City Ballet of Wilmington Orchestra: Sponsor a Seat

A Carolina Nutcracker

The City Ballet of Wilmington is already preparing for its winter holiday production-you guessed it: The Nutcracker.  But as the Ballet's Music Director told us, this Nutcracker might be something brand new for all of us. 

This production of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece ballet is completely traditional-the story & the music are intact and this is a full-length version.  Two elements of this show set it apart from many Nutcrackers:  First, southern flavoring is added-the performance imagines the setting as The Bellamy Mansion exactly 150 years ago with historical characters from the Civil War era.  That's why it's called A Carolina Nutcracker.  Secondly, the show will be accompanied by a live orchestra and children's chorus.  We can also note that show will be in an unfamiliar venue-the brand new CFCC Arts and Humanities Fine Arts Center.  

"It's just not the same to go to a production that has a CD presenting the music. If you have live musicians, there's a contagious joy about it." Beverly Andrews, Concert Master

City Ballet Music Director Alex Hill and Concert Master Beverly Andrews joined us in the studio to give us a peek at what to expect musically from this production and to describe a special orchestra fundraising project.   The community is invited to Sponsor an Orchestra Seat, which includes tickets to the show, the Gala, a photograph with the sponsored musician, and even a chance (through a drawing) to conduct the orchestra! 

Concert Master Beverly Andrews

Keep your ears open-we'll hear more about this Carolina Nutcracker in October, next time speaking with Artistic Director Andrea Hill about the dance.  

Tickets for A Carolina Nutcracker are already on sale.