CVRO Presents the Music of the Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 14-15

Dec 14 2013 7:00 pm
Dec 15 2013 5:00 pm
Kenyon, Minnesota; Northfield, Minnesota

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will highlight the Christmas season with the music of Tschaikowsky's Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 pm at the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Auditorium in Kenyon and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm at the Northfield Middle School Auditorium.  The musical performance will be accompanied by a video montage of major ballet companies performing this work. Narration will be provided by Philip Spensley of Northfield.

For a number of seasons, CVRO has performed the complete ballet at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing and also in Northfield at the Middle School Auditorium.  This musical performance will have projected video of the complete ballet and narration by Philip Spensley, seasoned actor and director from Northfield.  He will set the stage for each exciting scene of the story of Clara and her nutcracker doll.  The story of Christmas Eve at Clara's house is filled with surprises like her strange godfather Herr Drosselmeyer, her brother Fritz breaking the nutcracker and her dream in which the Christmas tree grows and mice fill the room.  The nutcracker becomes life-sized as Clara finds herself in the midst of a battle between an army of gingerbread soldiers and the mice led by the Mouse King.  Children and adults will recognize the Waltz of the Snowflakes as well as the ballet duet of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The concert is underwritten by season sponsor Community Resource Bank of Northfield and co-sponsored by Frandsen Bank and Trust and Streitz Heating and Cooling of Northfield. CVRO functions under the auspices of the Northfield Arts Guild and additional funding is provided by the McKnight Foundation, Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, and Legacy funding through the MN legislature.

Tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild (507-645-8877) or online at  Tickets will also be available at the door in Northfield and Kenyon, $10 for adults and $5 for students (under 18).

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra has been under the direction of Dr. Paul Niemisto since 1979 and draws players from a wide area including Northfield, New Prague, Faribault, Kenyon, Owatonna, and Red Wing.  The players are serious amateurs who play for the love of orchestra music.  Visit for more information.

Nutcracker Ballet

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