Nutcracker Ballet - Kalamazoo (MI)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER: CHRISTMAS STREAM
Get your digital ticket for Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Christmas Stream
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:00 pm
Streaming in Kalamazoo this Christmas

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream

Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration!

About the Miller Auditorium

This year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is streaming in Kalamazoo, directly to your living room! In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed at the Miller AuditoriumThe dream of an auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus dates back to 1915, when Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris signed a bill to appropriate funds allowing WMU to build four new buildings, including a center for the performing arts. As America struggled through the Great Depression and two World Wars, lack of available materials delayed the project more than once until the appropriated funds outlived their days, leaving support for planning, construction and actualization inadequate. At James W. Miller Auditorium’s grand opening celebration in 1968, Western Michigan University president James W. Miller promised that the new building would present the performing arts "not as culture for culture's sake, but for the enrichment of the lives of our students, our faculty and our friends in the community." Over 40 years later, Miller Auditorium is still ranked as one of the top ten facilities in the United States, and is the third largest theatre in Michigan. Miller Auditorium has always been careful to never lose sight of its purpose in the cultural landscape of the community, and has become the premier center for performing arts not only in Kalamazoo, but also in all of Southwest Michigan.

Moscow Ballet's Usual Live Orchestra Partnership in Kalamazoo

In a regular year Tchaikovsky’s Great Russian Nutcracker is accompanied live by Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition, under Conductor and Professor Bruce Uchimura’s baton. The Kalamazoo Gazette's classical music reviewer picked the orchestra's WMU centennial celebration concert as the most memorable performance of the year. Master works performed by the orchestra include the major symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky in addition to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“The Titan”), Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, and Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration). The USO is comprised of 100 musicians and includes undergraduate and graduate music majors who take pride in the professional level of the ensemble’s rehearsals and performances.