December 2010: Great Peformances: “Dance in America: San Francisco’s Ballet’s Nutcracker”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

San Francisco Ballet's The NutcrackerDance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Thursday, December 16th at 8 p.m.

San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved Nutcracker its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing Dance in America viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. Recorded in December 2007 by KQED Public Television to help commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary, the work is choreographed by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and features sets and costumes by, respectively, Michael Yeargan and Martin Pakledinaz, both repeat Tony Award-winning designers. “Striking, elegant and beautiful,” assessed The New York Times.

Introduced by Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, a native of the Bay Area and winner of 2008’s Dancing with the Stars, the production encores in high definition and 5.1 surround sound. San Francisco Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West conducts Tchaikovsky’s sprightly score.

Friday, December 17, 1-3 & 3-5 a.m.
Sunday, December 19, 3-5 a.m. & 2-4 p.m.
Monday, December 20, 1-3 a.m.