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Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

2:00 pm and 7:00 pm 

Saturday, November 18, 2023 

Miller Auditorium 

Kick off your holiday season with visions of sugar-plum fairies and nutcracker princes! Together with the Ballet Arts Ensemble, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra reimagines this magical Kalamazoo tradition.

This magical production is performed by a full orchestra in Miller Auditorium. With such a large ensemble, the orchestra will use the pit extension, bringing the audience and ensemble together for a Nutcracker unlike any other! Extravagant costumes and larger-than-life sets add to the magic of stunning choreography performed by the Ballet Arts Ensemble and guest dancers.

Live Concerts

BAE presents two concerts each season that include full-length ballets (The Magical Toy Shop, The Skaters, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides, The 12 Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, Red Shoes, Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, La Boutique Fantasque, and Café Parisian) and mixed-repertoire performances with professional dancers and choreographers that often feature excerpts from classical ballets (Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Rodeo, and Paquita).  Every other year, BAE produces a full-length Nutcracker in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus, featuring professional dancers in principal roles. 

BAE has performed in numerous community events including Michigan Youth Arts Festival, KSO Family Discovery and Youth Concert Series, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Sunday Funday, Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Concerts, and Festival of Trees.  BAE also works closely with area artists and arts organizations in other collaborative events and reaches out to the community, performing for area schools, hospitals, senior residences, and local organizations. 

2023-24 Season

The Nutcracker
2:00pm and 7:00pm
November 18, 2023
Miller Auditorium


Spring Concert
More information to come!

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