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Ellington at Christmas : Nutcracker Suite

  • Apollo Theater, Harlem 253 W 125th St New York, NY 10027 US (map)

Apollo Theater - New York City, NY

Two Shows:

12/7 - 3PM, 8PM


Performance: Chorus

Musical Direction: 
David Berger

Savion Glover, Keith David, Lizz Wright, Priscilla Baskerville, David Berger Jazz Orchestra, Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir, and Dance Theatre of Harlem Dance Students

For a twist on a seasonal classic and true holiday joy, nothing beats Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Ellington and Billy Strayhorn infused the legendary Tchaikovsky score with swinging brass, colorful solos and jumpin’ jazz melodies. The second half of the program, Ellington’s wonderful Sacred Music, is serious and swinging, reverent and hip. Rarely performed live in New York, this Apollo exclusive, narrated by Keith David, features a 16-piece orchestra, the Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir, the soaring voices of Lizz Wright and Priscilla Baskerville, and tap master Savion Glover.


Earlier Event: November 9
Later Event: December 15
The Messiah, Handel