Triangle Youth Ballet


The Music and History of the Nutcracker

With dancers from the Triangle Youth Ballet and musicians from the

Tchaikovsky Virtuosi.

Friday December 8 at

9:50 and 11:20

at the Carolina Theatre, Durham

For more information about our presentation scroll down to learn more.

The Dancer’s Performing in the Arts Discovery show are listed below.  The other parts they dance are listed in parenthesis.

Thea Anderson-Head

Tea and Flower


Kaya Anderson-Head

Dew Drop

(Lead Flower)


Tea and Flower


Cate Cogger

Arabian and Flower


Scarlett Edwards

Peppermint Princess and Flower


Chloe Elbogen


(Columbine and Guardian Angel)

Amanda Millis

Sugar Plum Fairy and Lead Flower


Layla Niblock


(Mechanical Soldier and Guardian Angel)

Sarah Rosenkrantz


(Mouse King and Guardian Angel)

Shiny Shen


(Mechanical Soldier and Guardian Angel)

Corbin Simpson


(Marzipan and Butler and Snow King

Annie Sprague

Flower and Peppermint Candy

(Bunny and Guardian Angel)

Liana Tortora


(Columbine and Guardian Angel)

Ava Widener


(Mouse King and Guardian Angel)

Zenna Widener

Flower and Peppermint Candy

(Bunny and Guardian Angel)

Erick Uphoff, Guest Artist


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The Musicians Performing in the

Tchaikovsky Virtuosi.

Concertmaster - Laura Thomas

First Violin 2 -Angela Scalise

First Violin 3 -Erica Cooper

Second Violin 1 -Evelyn Snyder

Second Violin 2 -Jody Gaedtke

Viola 1 -Aubrey Keisel

Viola 2 -Angie Spong

Cello 1 -Caroline Iantosca

Cello 2 -Emily Austin Smith

Bass 1 -Nina Caraway

Flute 1 - Beth O’Reilly

Flute 2/Piccolo - Lauren Robbins-Pollack

Fl 3/Piccolo - Andrea McKerlie Luke

Oboe - Jack Livingston

Ob2/English Horn- Cory Carr

Clarinet 1 - Merida Negrete

Cl 2/B. Clarinet -Richard Dryer

Bassoon 1 - Jack Fanning

Bassoon 2 - Brenda Balazs

Horn 1 - Jack Perisich

Horn 2 - Tim Dyess

Horn 3- Garth Molyneux

Horn 4 - Brianna Ressler

Trumpet 1 - Renee McGee

Trumpet 2 - Garrett Olcott

Trombone 1Katie Rose Hand

Trombone 2 - Henry Kilcup

Bass Trombone - Matthew Parunak

Timpani - Adam Kuehn

Percussion - Kevin Rader-Rhodenbaugh

Celeste - Alice Tien

Harp - Grace Wepner

Andrew McAfee, Conductor.pdf

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Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Kamsko-Votkinsk, Vyatka, Russia. He was the second eldest of his parents' six surviving offspring. Tchaikovsky's father, Ilya, worked as a mine inspector and metal works manager.  When he was just 5 years old, Tchaikovsky began taking piano lessons.

When he was 21, Tchaikovsky decided to take music lessons at the Russian Musical Society. A few months later, he enrolled at the newly founded St. Petersburg Conservatory, becoming one of the school's first composition students. In addition to learning while at the conservatory, Tchaikovsky gave private lessons to other students. In 1863, he moved to Moscow, where he became a professor of harmony at the Moscow Conservatory.

Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878 to focus his efforts entirely on composing. As a result, he spent the remainder of his career composing more prolifically than ever. His collective body of work constitutes 169 pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballets, concertos, cantatas and songs. Among his most famed late works are the ballets The Sleeping Beauty (1890) and The Nutcracker (1892).

Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg on November 6, 1893.

Who wrote the music for the Nutcracker?
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is widely considered the most popular Russian composer in history. His work includes the The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble typical of classical music, which mixes instruments from different families, including bowed string instruments such as violin, viola, cello and double bass, as well as brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, each grouped in sections. Other instruments such as the piano and celesta may sometimes appear in a fifth keyboard section or may stand alone, as may the concert harp and, for performances of some modern compositions, electronic instruments.

What is an orchestra?

The Nutcracker  is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", by way of Alexandre Dumas' adapted story "The Nutcracker". It was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta.

The original production was not a success, the Russian audiences were not accustomed to having a child star and only seeing the Prima Ballerina dance once. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s after the New York City Ballet staged the first American production in the 1950’s. It is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in America.

Has The Nutcracker always been so popular?
Any questions about The Nutcracker, The Triangle Youth Ballet, the Tchaikovsky Virtuosi, or questions for 
Andrew McAfee or Lauren Lorentz de Haas, 
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