GARY LEWIS, conductor





The magic of the holidays takes center stage in our dazzling production of The Nutcracker. The famous story follows Clara on her wondrous journey through the Land of the Sweets. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra brings Tchaikovsky’s iconic score to life, delivering the famous melodies with passion as the Boulder Ballet’s talented dancers embody the enchantment of the season. The entire family will be delighted by the beauty and artistry of this spectacle, creating a feast for the senses that will become cherished memories for years to come.


Saturday – November 30, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Saturday – November 30, 2024 at 6:30PM
Sunday – December 1, 2024 at 1:00 PM


Macky Auditorium – Boulder, CO


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Composition history of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky accepted the commission from director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, writing to a friend while composing the ballet, “I am daily becoming more and more attuned to my task.” While composing the music for the charming Christmas story, Tchaikovsky is said to have argued with a friend who wagered that the composer could not write a melody based on the notes of the octave in sequence. Tchaikovsky asked if it mattered whether the notes were in ascending or descending order, and was assured it did not. This resulted in the Grand Adage from the Grand Pas de Deux of the second act where Clara/Masha dances with her magical Christmas present, the Nutcracker Prince. From