See The Nutcracker with Live Orchestra

See The Nutcracker with Live Orchestra

Fairfax Symphony and Fairfax Ballet present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Dec. 16 & 17 at 4 p.m. at GMU Center for the Arts.

Two Fairfax County arts institutions — the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and The Fairfax Ballet Company — collaborate to present their seventh production of the holiday masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. This Fairfax production is a cherished, annual tradition, with two performances on Dec. 16 & 17 at 4 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts. 

The FSO production is unique in the region to feature live musical accompaniment by a full orchestra, together with dancers on stage. The Fairfax Ballet’s magical dance performance soars with original choreography and guest soloists from New York City Ballet. The Fairfax Symphony, under the direction Christopher Zimmerman, performs Tchaikovsky’s captivating score live. 

“Audiences delight in the incredible dancers on stage, while Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music is performed live by our orchestra musicians,” said Jonathan Kerr, Executive Director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. “The dance, live music, plus the stunning, digital scenery creates a winter wonderland in a magical production that’s perfect for the entire family.”

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and The Fairfax Ballet Company showcase renowned guest soloists from New York City Ballet dancing the lead roles this year. The Fairfax Ballet was established in 1971 to develop in each student a love of dance, a strong technical foundation, and an artistic education. Karla Petry serves as Executive Director of The Fairfax Ballet and owner of The Russell School of Ballet. 

“Audiences love this special treat as we welcome our professional guest soloists from premier dance companies together with our local stars,” said Petry.

Andrea Cook is Artistic Director for The Fairfax Ballet Company, and she leads the choreography in one of the most complex theatrical ballets in the Company’s repertory. She is a Fairfax County native and Chantilly HS alum. Her leadership has helped the Company maintain its long-held reputation for high-quality training and service, while building on its performances with new choreography. 

More than fifty dancers and students ranging from ages 7-18 will take the stage.