Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore School for the Arts Collaborate to Present Fully Staged Performance of The Nutcracker, December 21 & 22

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In an unprecedented partnership of four Baltimore cultural organizations, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric will come together for the first time this December to present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s full-length holiday classic The Nutcracker.

In an unprecedented partnership of four Baltimore cultural organizations, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric will come together for the first time this December to present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s full-length holiday classic The Nutcracker.

This premier collaboration will feature four performances at The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, including matinees on Friday, December 21 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m., and evening shows on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. The production showcases the BSO conducted by Cristian Macelaru, 120 students from BSA’s high school and TWIGS after-school and weekend program, and backdrops designed by MICA students all in a unique holiday spectacle. Boston Ballet Executive Director, Barry Hughson, who has choreographed BSA’s much-loved production for several years, will stage The Nutcracker for this presentation. For more than 25 years, students from BSA have delighted Baltimore audiences with their annual production.

Composed in 1891 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a two‐act ballet that has enchanted audiences of all ages for generations. The story follows a young girl named Clara through her vivid dreams on Christmas Eve. After falling asleep under the Christmas tree with her broken nutcracker doll, a prince greets Clara in her dreams and embarks with her on an adventure filled with life‐size mice, dolls, fairies and sweets. Their journey to the Kingdom of Sweets includes the famous divertissements: Chocolat, Café, Thé, Trepak, Mirlitons, Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with innovative education and community outreach initiatives.

The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra’s 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra.

For more than 80 years, the BSO has maintained a vibrant educational presence throughout Maryland. The 2012-2013 season marks the fifth year of OrchKids™, a year-round program that provides music education to Baltimore’s neediest youngsters at no cost.

In addition to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where the orchestra has performed for 29 years, the BSO is a founding partner and the resident orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore, just outside Washington, D.C. With its opening in February 2005, the BSO became the nation’s only major orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas.

About Baltimore School for the Arts
Founded in 1980, Baltimore School for the Arts is a nationally recognized public high school that provides its students with intensive pre-professional training in the arts in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. BSA graduates go on to the most selective arts and university programs nationwide and achieve prominence in theater, film, music, dance and visual arts. Additionally, BSA's TWIGS program offers free after-school arts instruction to more than 700 city elementary and middle school children. BSA is a vibrant part of Baltimore's cultural community, reaching thousands of families and children each year with free and low-cost performances, exciting collaborative projects, exhibitions, and educational programming.

About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 54 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

About the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most venerable institutions. Founded in 1894 (originally called The Music Hall), the Lyric Opera House has been the home of Grand Opera, the world’s greatest performers, and full-scale productions. The acoustics of The Modell/Lyric are world-renowned and conductors and performers alike have attested to this fact from the beginning. With a mission and commitment built on public access, education and preservation of this historic theater, The Modell/Lyric plays a leadership role in the cultural vitality of the greater Baltimore area. Following the completion of a $13 million stage renovation and the re-naming of the theater through a generous gift from Patricia and Arthur Modell, the Modell/Lyric reopened its doors in September 2011 as a state-of-the art world-class theater.

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Cristian Macelaru has established an exciting and highly regarded presence through his thoughtful interpretations, poise and energetic conviction on the podium. He began his work with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 2010-11 season and, with the orchestra's vote in September 2011, was named Assistant Conductor, effective 2011-12. Recently, Mr. Macelaru received the 2012 Sir George Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a prestigious honor only awarded once before in the foundation's history. In February 2012, Mr. Macelaru made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut as a replacement for Pierre Boulez with overwhelming success and rave reviews.

Mr. Macelaru's 2012-13 season brings highly anticipated debuts with Montréal's Orchestre Métropolitain, the Windsor Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic, as well as a return to the Baltimore Symphony.

During the 2010-11 season, Mr. Macelaru made his debut conducting the Houston Grand Opera in performances of Madama Butterfly, after collaborating with Patrick Summers on the world premiere of Jake Heggie's Moby Dick as assistant conductor for the Dallas Opera. Previous seasons have also seen him with the Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, Banatul Philharmonic, DaCamera of Houston, Syzygy ensemble, Oberlin Orchestra and at the Sarasota Music Festival. With a passion for diverse repertoire, Mr. Macelaru led the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the US premiere of Colin Matthews' Turning Point in 2010, as part of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival.

Barry Hughson, choreographer
Barry Hughson, currently Executive Director of the Boston Ballet, returns to the Baltimore School for the Arts for his seventh year as resident choreographer, bringing with him a strong mix of talents and experience in the performing arts world. In addition to having been an award-winning dancer who has performed the works of George Balanchine, Choo San Goh and Anthony Tudor, he has a broad history in arts administration. Hughson came to Boston Ballet from Atlanta Ballet, the American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School in New Brunswick, NJ. Prior to joining American Repertory Ballet, he was the first Executive Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York City. Hughson danced professionally with The Washington Ballet (DC) prior to his career as an arts administrator. On the national level, Hughson is a member of the Board of Directors of DanceUSA, the advocacy organization for dance in America, where he serves as a co-chair of the Manager’s Council. Mr. Hughson’s background spans the worlds of dance, theater and arts education.

The Nutcracker
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.– Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Baltimore School for the Arts, dancers
Barry Hughson, choreographer

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Tickets for children 12 and under begin at $14. Adult tickets range from $28-60. To purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT, visit, or purchase in person at the Modell Lyric or BSO ticket offices.

Groups of 15 or more receive exclusive discounts and benefits. For more information, call the BSO Group Sales office at 410-783-8170.


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