Dec. 19

The Nutcracker (Swing!)




Ticket Info

Purchase Tickets Online or by phone at (505) 988-1234

General Admission: $35

Students 18 years and younger: $20

Event Description

Concordia Santa Fe presents its third-annual fundraising event, The Nutcracker (Swing!), featuring Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. The performances also include chamber music renditions of the original Tchaikovsky movements. Featured artists are John Rangel, Jon Gagan, and Cal Haines.

The performances will take place:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
7:00 p.m.
The Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE, Albuquerque

Thursday, December 19, 2013
7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe

Regular ticket sales begin on Friday, November 29, through Tickets Santa Fe (ticketing information below). Seating is by general admission, $35 for adults and $20 for students 18 and under with valid ID. For more information, please visit or call 505-913-7211.

As the crispness of winter descends upon us here in Santa Fe, the storefronts and happenings of the season turn our minds to the holidays. Farolitos, carols, biscochitos, sugarplums... and Duke Ellington.

Yes, that’s right, Duke Ellington. And his arranger and co-writer, Billy Strayhorn, of course. Of “Take the A Train” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” fame. Figureheads of the Big Band era that brought the jazz movement into mainstream American culture. And, of course, two of the most swingin’ cats to have graced our green earth.

By the end of the Second World War, popular music turned toward the solo vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, and even the Andrews Sisters, while the cutting edge of jazz was just beginning to define the concept of bebop. The Ellington band’s popularity waned for a few years, until a major revival was kickstarted by their appearance at Newport Jazz Festival in 1956. Arrangements of Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite emanated from this period of rebirth.

Interview opportunities with Dr. John Leisenring, guest conductor, are available to members of the press. Press-quality images of the promotional artwork above are also available, free of charge.