Previews: "Cleveland Orchestra will perform Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' as part of 2016 Holiday Festival"

(Photo by Alexander Iziliaev of Pennsylvania Ballet)

(Photo by Alexander Iziliaev of Pennsylvania Ballet)

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) has published a preview of The Cleveland Orchestra's 2016-17 production of The Nutcracker, which will be led by Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell. Presented in collaboration with Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Ballet, the production will be staged at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square, and will run for seven performances between November 30 and December 4, 2016.

The new production will differ markedly from those of recent years, principally through the involvement of Pennsylvania Ballet, led by Angel Corella and last seen here in partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center in 1984. Notably, Pennsylvania Ballet performs the Balanchine version of "Nutcracker," which includes several unique scenes and de-emphasizes romantic elements through the casting of children in certain lead roles.

To read the complete article, please click here. To read an additional preview in AXS, please click here. To read Pennsylvania Ballet's 2016-17 season announcement with additional information, please click here.