Past Concerts

2016 - Nov. 23 - Gentle Nutcracker

Wednesday, November 23, 2 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus

Nutcracker BalletBoulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have come together to invite you to our first Sensory Friendly Gentle Nutcracker. We recognize that families like yours who live with different abilities feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker, a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County.

This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We aim to bring the arts to those who are uncomfortable in a typical performance setting.

For additional information about this production – including Frequently Asked Questions, parking information and social narratives to support your experience with us – click here.

What is a sensory-friendly event?
Boulder Phil NutcrackerExpect a quieter and more brightly-lit environment, as well as a welcoming attitude from the performers and other audience members that encourages movement and expression. Though the performance is geared towards families living with autism and other disabilities, this event is open to the entire community.

"Families with members who are differently abled often shy away from performances such as The Nutcracker – missing the magic of live ballet and orchestral music. The Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have collaborated in putting together a very special sensory production, called the Gentle Nutcracker, which will be performed at the beautiful Macky Auditorium on the CU campus. What an amazing gift for the Boulder community and Colorado’s front range!" 
~Frances Owens, former First Lady of Colorado

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door beginning at 1 PM today. Parking is available for $4 at the lot immediately in front of Macky (lot #380). Metered parking is available along University Ave.

For more information, please call 303.449.1343.



Hip, hip hooray for the gentle ballet (Denver Post editorial, 11/19/16)

Boulder Ballet, Boulder Phil stage sensory-friendly 'Nutcracker' (Daily Camera, 11/18/16)

Sensory Friendly Events Provide Inclusion for ALL Families! (Ability Connection Colorado, 11/18/16)

First sensory friendly 'Gentle Nutcracker' coming to Boulder (7News Denver, 11/13/16)


Thank you to our collaborators:

Brainsong logo Autism Society logo Association for Community Living logo
Imagine logo ARC Thrift Stores logo Dayspring logo
 Family Home Health Empowerment Center of East County logo  Metro Building