It’s holiday time and therefore Nutcracker time, complete with Sugar Plum fairies, sword-fighting rats, dancing dolls, a spine-tingling Tchaikovsky score and much more. It’s a remarkable year for Cincinnati Ballet’s presentation of the seasonal classic for a few reasons. It’s the final year for this particular production, so catch it while you can. (A new version of the show arrives in 2010.)
As a result of a generous anonymous donation, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will provide the production’s live music this year under the direction of Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone.
A substantial recent donation from Louise Nippert benefiting a trio of Cincinnati arts organizations promises not only to help ensure the future of live music for the Ballet but reportedly could spark plans for Music Hall renovations and a resurgence of performances there. But for now, The Nutcracker at the Aronoff Center still delights all ages, with plenty of eye candy rich enough to bring the kids.
$30-$70. Through Dec. 27. Get tickets, showtimes and Aronoff Center details here.