Sat Dec 2, 2017 2:00pm

Side by Side: The Nutcracker Swings!

Sponsored by: Yale University Bands

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2:00 PM in Yale University’s Woolsey Hall (500 College St), the Yale Concert Band and the Yale Jazz Ensemble (Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director) will present “Side by Side: The Nutcracker Swings.” In this performance, the Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, as arranged for concert band by Mayhew L. Lake, will be performed alongside the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn setting for jazz band. Celebrate the holiday season with this study in interpretation, in two classic arrangements of The Nutcracker Suite. Leroy Anderson’s traditional favorite, Sleigh Ride, also will be performed. Admission is free and no tickets are required, but donations will be collected to support IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services). Call 203-432-4111 for more information.

One of the most popular orchestral works ever created for ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker recounts the story of Clara, a young girl, who dreams that the nutcracker she received as a Christmas gift has turned into a handsome prince. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite is a reinvention of the original, a “jazz “retelling” of the holiday classic in which Ellington has scored the Suite (drawn from the full ballet) for standard big band and renamed the movements to reflect his American “take” on the Russian original:
•  Overture
•  Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Mirlitons, or Reed-Pipes)
•  Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)
•  Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
•  Entr’acte
•  The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)
•  Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)
•  Danse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)
•  Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dances)

Admission: Free
Woolsey Hall
500 College St
New Haven
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