LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Daniel Sommerville, will present Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at LaSalle-Peru High School Matthiessen Auditorium, with dancers from Dance Center (LaSalle), Gray’s School of Dance (Ottawa) and Ottawa Dance Academy, plus The Latin Mass Choir of the Illinois Valley and Voice Students of Kori Suarez. These are the only Nutcracker ballet performances in the area, offered by the IVSO every two years with Illinois Valley dancers and musicians performing this magical ballet — a must-see for the Christmas season.
“The Nutcracker” scenario is based on Alexandre Dumas’ French version of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story invites us into a child’s world filled with anticipation. It is a story of magic and transformation that can be enjoyed on many levels, which unfold as we experience life and reflect our awareness and perceptions that things are not always as they seem.
First performed on Dec. 18, 1892, in St. Petersburg, Russia, “The Nutcracker” has been a Christmas-time classic performed throughout the world and is almost everyone’s first ballet. Now the entire Illinois Valley is invited to view this spectacular performance.
Sponsors for this event are the Spring Valley City Bank and Eureka Savings Bank. Season sponsors are Ottawa Radio and Regional Media.
Reserved seating prices are $20 for adults and $5 for students through high school plus college with an ID. For tickets, send check payable to IVSO and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: IVSO Nutcracker, c/o Larry Ault, 1300 Briarcrest Drive, Ottawa IL 61350. Specify performance date, main floor or balcony, and how many adult or child tickets. Ticket orders received after Dec. 6 will be held at the door. LaSalle-Peru High School Matthiessen Auditorium is handicapped accessible. For further information on upcoming concerts, visit ivso.org.