Danbury celebrates the season

December 1, 2017 by  

For the 50th year, the Danbury Music Centre will be presenting its annual Nutcracker.

Over 200 dancers and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra will be bringing Tchaikovsky’s Christmas tale to life. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the three days of performances.

The ballet will be under the direction of Danbury Symphony Orchestra’s conductor Ariel Rundiakov. Artistic Director Arthur Frederick and his wife choreographer, costume designer and co-director Lisa Denton, have been working with the Danbury Music Center’s Nutcracker for 21 years.

Members of the cast, especially the little ones, will be having their pictures taken by their parents before the performance. These photos will become part of next year’s family calendars and this year’s holiday cards.

Another local musical tradition will be the Danbury Community Orchestra, which will be performing in a few days. Stephen Michael Smith will be conducting the orchestra, which will be playing works of Copland, Gershwin, and Brahms.

The ballet will be Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm at Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road. Tickets ranging from free to $33 are available on line at the Danbury Music Centre website.

The Danbury Community Orchestra’s free performance is scheduled for tomorrow, December 2, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the WCSU School of Visual And Performing Arts Veronica Hagman Concert Hall at 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. Donations will be appreciated.