Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker

Dec 15th • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm • Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Duke Ellington Orchestra

TCHAIKOVSKY (arr. Strayhorn & Ellington): The Nutcracker Suite

Additional works to be announced

Jazz up your holidays with Duke Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra—the only ensemble directly carrying on the tradition from Duke himself. Arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, whose nearly 30 years of collaboration together produced some of the most beloved jazz standards of all time, this arrangement combines Tchaikovsky’s original themes with the unique textures and interpretations of jazz music.

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