Musicans Rally Around "The Nutcracker"
By Sarah Kaufman
The musicians who make up the Washington Ballet Orchestra have decided to make some noise about the Washington Ballet's decision not to use them for its "Nutcracker."
On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m., the musicians will stage a rally outside the Washington Ballet's headquarters at 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Fittingly enough, the rally will feature live music: a mini-concert by a brass ensemble. The musicians will announce a campaign "seeking to produce thousands of emails to Washington Ballet management, its board of directors and the D.C. City Council urging them to find the funds to rehire the orchestra," according to a statement issued Tuesday by violinist Patty Hurd and John Cusick of the American Federation of Musicians.
For the second year in a row, the Washington Ballet has announced it cannot afford a live orchestra to play for its full-length productions, which include "Romeo and Juliet," to be performed at the Kennedy Center Nov. 4-7, and its annual "Nutcracker," at the Warner Theatre Dec. 3-26. The ballet management is gambling that audiences will accept, or at least overlook, taped music for these upscale, large-scale productions. The musicians are betting on a backlash. The question is, having been torn asunder for this long, will the two halves of the ballet experience--music and dance--ever reunite?
| October 26, 2010; 8:22 PM ET
Categories: Dance, News Features, Sarah Kaufman
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