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A culturally-rich approach to the holiday classic
A culturally-rich
approach to the
holiday classic

Gary Kelley recasts Nutcracker as an American celebration

Gary Kelley recasts Nutcracker as an American celebration

Our unique take on this holiday favorite follows the thread of ETA Hoffman’s tale as it makes its way through Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s big band adaptation and finally Gary Kelley’s striking visual storytelling. Indelible images of musical Harlem serve as the backdrop for this delightful story of one girl’s rich imagination and the music that inspires her.

A New Nutcracker is presented as a set of five connected movements selected from Ellington and Strayhorn’s score, and features a riveting example of our latest technology: line drawing that unfolds alongside the music. The piece can be performed by an orchestra or a jazz band and is suitable for a wide range of venues, concert formats, and private events.

Festive stage design, period costuming for musicians, and evocative lighting can all be provided as add-ons to the standard A New Nutcracker package. We can also assist in securing jazz musicians as needed. Artist Gary Kelley is available for appearances related to this presentation.
At last year’s world premiere of A New Nutcracker, “the audience was greatly enthusiastic for this new mixed-media creation,” with more than one attendee suggesting it would soon become “a Christmas fixture across the country.” Let’s make it happen!

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