UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
The San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio are teaming up again this year to present a holiday classic: The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Performances began Thanksgiving weekend and continue next weekend, December 6-8. The Symphony and the Ballet invited my family and me to attend the concert, and shared a four-pack of tickets for the 7 p.m. performance on December 6 for me to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment (no later than Wednesday, December 4): What’s your favorite holiday music tradition—a ballet, a carol, a movie . . . ?
Next weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker”, all at the Majestic Theatre, are at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. Order tickets online at sasymphony.org, call the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010, or go through Ticketmaster. I recommend buying tickets in advance; performances are selling out.
This will be my first live performance of “The Nutcracker”, but when I was little we had “The Nutcracker Suite” on cassette, and we played it over and over while playing dolls, sewing, and making crafts. The cassette included other Tchaikovsky ballet suites—”Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty,” if I remember correctly—so we would play it year round; I don’t really associate “The Nutcracker” with the holidays, but I love the inventive and energetic music. I’m excited to have the opportunity to see a fully staged production and share this experience with my kids.