The Nutcracker Ballet comes alive in the Whitaker Black Box Theater a couple of days before it’s presented on the stage of the Emma Kelly Theater.
The 16-piece Statesboro Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Aceto, will perform “Selections from the Nutcracker” for its winter concert on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the 41 West Main Street venue. General admission tickets are just $10.
Featured in the concert will be the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," played on a celesta by Dr. Michael Braz. A celesta is an orchestral percussion instrument resembling a miniature upright piano which consists of a series of small metal bars with a keyboard and a simplified piano action in which small felt hammers strike the bars.
Also included will be the musical evening will be the exotic "Arabian Dance," the exciting Russian Trepak and the glorious "Waltz of the Flowers."
“There will be 10 violins, three violas, two cellos and one double bass,” said Aceto. “We started rehearsals in the middle of August and I am really quite proud of them.”
Musicians include Jessica Orvis (violin), Lissa Leege (viola) and her son Micah D’Arcangelo (cello), James Glass (bass), sisters Suyeon and Yeongseo Oh (both on violin), Stan Haselton (viola), Cameron Halaby (violin), Nancy Derr (violin), Rebecca Goines (violin), Abby Thompson (violin) Ruth Hook (violin) and Georgia Southern University music students.