CLOSED [Giveaway] Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio

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 . . . ?

The Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio (c) Still Life Photography | San Antonio Charter Moms

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.

Learn more about this fully-local production of “The Nutcracker” by reading this interview with Akiko Fujimoto, Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, here: “Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, ‘The Nutcracker'”, Jack Morgan, Texas Public Radio, November 27, 2013. Watch San Antonio Living’s Shelly Miles interview Prima Ballerina Sarah Pautz, and listen to symphony members perform a string quartet arrangement of “The Waltz of the Flowers”, here: “San Antonio’s Ballet & Symphony”, WOAI-TV, November 25, 2013.

The Symphony and the Ballet are committed to arts education in San Antonio. Through the Learning That Moves You outreach program, students from underserved areas will be able to attend two abridged performances of “The Nutcracker” on December 5 and 6.

Can’t make it to “The Nutcracker”? The Symphony will offer two more Family Concerts this season, including:

Learn more about Family Concerts (including the instrument petting zoo) in this earlier post.

The Symphony will also offer two more DISCOVER series concerts this season. Each program opens with an introduction by Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing; during the performance, a video screen above the orchestra shows close-ups of the conductor and musicians. Mark your calendars:

Learn more about the DISCOVER series concerts in this earlier post.

The Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio | San Antonio Charter Moms

If you would you like to enter the giveaway for a four-pack of tickets to “The Nutcracker” with the San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio at the Majestic Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6, then please leave a comment: What is your favorite holiday musical tradition? I will notify the winner on December 5. Good luck!

Disclosure: The San Antonio Symphony gave me tickets for my family to use at the performance, and four tickets to give away.

Ballet photographs © Still Life Photography.

sachartermoms

Parent-activist and education blogger in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Helping parents make informed school choices and explore cultural activities.

26 Comments

  1. utcracker! My mom took me almost every year -from about the age 5 through high school. We dressed “fancy” and pretended to be ballerinas floating through the halls on our way out. Last year, I took my daughter, who is 3, for the first time. While she referred to it as the Graham Cracker, I am pretty sure she loved it. And so did I.

  2. So many favorite holiday music traditions. The one that reminds me the most of my family when we were little is a Charlie Brown Christmas. And claymation Christmas!! That is a classic. Nothing reminds me of my childhood Christmas memories more than that. I’ve always wanted to see the nutcracker ballet but never have. Looks amazing. 🙂

  3. My oldest 2 kids play the violin. Every year they have a Christmas recital & it’s awesome to see how they have improved and what they are capable of.
    When they first started playing in Kindergarten it was very squeaky & scratchy, I’m sure you can imagine (:

  4. My mom and sister and I went every year growing up. Happy memories! Still find myself dancing when I hear The Waltz of the Flowers. Viva Tchaikovsky!

  5. I love holiday time for all the fantastic musicals, ballets, concerts, recitals and more! My favorite holiday musical is probably Scrooge or Miracle on 34th Street. I’d love to take my mom and daughter to this performance of the Nutcracker!

  6. My favorite music tradition is the memory of my mom always playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving as we decorated the house. I used to think it was so embarrassing how excited she got but now I’m the same way with my daughter!

  7. Growing up we would go to Houston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. I remember looking forward getting dressed up in my “fancy” Christmas dress and going downtown for this special occasion. Would love to start a new tradition with my children!

  8. From childhood: Decorating the Christmas tree while jamming out to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” My brother, mom, & I did this every year while wearing Santa hats and dancing around the living room. It became our silly little tradition, and every time I hear that song now I can’t help but smile.

    Now: Singing Christmas carols with my husband & daughter while driving around Windcrest and/or Shavano Park to look at Christmas lights. Especially love hearing my four-year-old attempt to sing “O Holy Night” and other more “grown-up” carols. Her renditions are always priceless. 🙂

  9. Charlie brown. I remember watching that alot. I have never seen the nutcracker. It would be awesone to see it for the first time.

  10. We started a new tradition this yr with my mom and 3 yr old! Cutting down a little “charlie brown” christmas tree and having my daughter decorate it while listening to christmas music.we had so much fun! But we have never seen the nutcracker and would love to win the tickets to make it another new tradition to start. 3 generations making memories together!

  11. My favorite tradition is hanging my bells around my tree that plays different christmas songs. I love to see my granddaughter get excited and listen and smaile

  12. A favorite Christmas tradition of ours is listening to Christmas carols while decorating the tree. We each have our own special ornaments that only we can out on the tree. We always eat tamales that night and drink Mexican hot chocolate too.

  13. Our Family Loves the Arts! Our Family enjoys several Musical Christmas traditions. We take the children to the German Christmas Candlelight concert at Trinity University–the kids love the music and the German sweets afterwards! We also attend the Lessons and Carols concert every year at the Beautiful Our Lady of Atonement Church. However our Favorite is the Nutcracker! My Girls Love to dance to the Music! Sometimes, I join them! 🙂 Merry Christmas!!!

  14. We started a tradition last year by going to the Nutcracker with my nieces!!!

  15. We love to go to see Christmas lights and sing songs as we drive. Also listening to Christmas songs while laying around the living room with the whole house dark except the tree. I have always enjoyed the Nutcracker and Christmas is not complete without listening to the Trans Siberian Orchestra – can you tell I am slightly crazy about Christmas music?

  16. When I officially hear “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” for the first time each year…I set up my Christmas tree that day! It sort of kicks it off for me!

  17. I grow up in Mexico and every year we had the traditional “villancicos” (Christmas Carols) everywhere, is a very important part of the Christmas season. Now I listed the versions in English also and enjoyed them with my kids and Husband as much as I did with my family in Mexico..

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