A Tchaikovsky-centric show? In January? Yeah, at this point, Christmas has pretty much seen its last lords a-leaping, but theres a lot more to the storied 19th-century Russian composer than The Nutcracker . (Such as, say, Swan Lake , the 1812 Overture or his much-speculated-upon closeted homosexuality.) Thus this Pacific Symphony tribute, A Tchaikovsky Portrait, which combines choice cuts from his oeuvre with film presentations and dramatizations of his life by local actor Nick Ullett. Selections include a Swan Lake scene and waltz; a piece from his take on Romeo and Juliet ; and his sixth symphony, Pathétique , which premiered just nine days before his 1893 death, thought by some to be the result of suicide. Thats depressing, but this show shouldnt be, sugar-plum fairies or no.
Jan. 7-10, 8 p.m., 2010