The Sarasota Ballet School and The Venice Symphony present The Nutcracker in Sarasota

Featured18dec5:30 pm7:30 pmThe Sarasota Ballet School and The Venice Symphony present The Nutcracker in SarasotaSarasota Opera House5:30 pm - 7:30 pm AreaSarasotaTypeBalletCost$30-50

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This month, The Sarasota Ballet announced an additional performance of their new production of The Nutcracker in collaboration with the Venice Performing Arts Center. Performed by the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company, the students of The Sarasota Ballet School, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, and Dance – The Next Generation, the beloved holiday classic will get live accompaniment by the Venice Symphony Orchestra led by Conductor Joseph Caulkins. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Venice Symphony on The Sarasota Ballet School’s new production of a holiday treasure, The Nutcracker,” said Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “We are looking forward to sharing the magic of ballet with our community. To bring the experience to audiences at the Venice Performing Arts Center is a treat.” The production will feature enchanting sets and breathtaking costumes created by internationally renowned ballet designer Peter Farmer. The production is directed by School faculty member, Risa Kaplowitz and is sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Christopher Hird, Education Director of The Sarasota Ballet, said “I am thrilled to launch this new partnership with The Venice Symphony. Having the opportunity to perform to live music is a real gift and will be a highlight of the year for our students. I look forward to The Nutcracker becoming an annual holiday tradition for the Venice community.”




(Sunday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Sarasota Opera House

69 N Pineapple Ave


The Sarasota Ballet School and The Venice Symphony

The Sarasota Ballet is the Gulf Coast of Florida’s first and only professional ballet company, led by Director Iain Webb. The Sarasota Ballet is the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company. In 1987, The Sarasota Ballet was founded by Jean Allenby–Weidner as a presenting organization with the goal of becoming a full resident ballet company, which was achieved in 1990 with the appointment of the first Artistic Director. However it wasn’t until January 2007 that her dream was fully realized, when The Sarasota Ballet announced the appointment of the new Director, Iain Webb. Mr. Webb’s background, experience and close personal relationships with some of the biggest names in dance world have taken The Sarasota Ballet to a higher level of national and international recognition. Together with his wife Margaret Barbieri, Assistant Director and former principal of The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Mr. Webb has introduced one hundred and sixty-three new ballets into the repertoire, including ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, Sir Matthew Bourne, Christopher Wheeldon, Sir David Bintley, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Will Tuckett, and Johan Kobborg. Many of these ballets have rarely been seen in America, and never before in Sarasota.
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