We’re all aware that the local and world-renowned ballet companies put on both humble and extravagant productions of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker, but if you want to experience something a little different this year, check out one of the following holiday shows.
Chanticleer is an elite men’s choral group with dozens of recordings, including half a dozen lovely Christmas albums. They will be performing throughout the Bay Area through December 23th, with concerts in San Francisco at St Ignatius Church, in Sacramento at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and in Carmel at the Carmel Mission. Check out the calendar here for other dates and to order tickets.
The Hard Nut—
If you want to keep with the Nutcrackertheme, check out the Hard Nut, a slightly varied version of the original, choreographed by modern dancer, Mark Morris. Be delighted by the slightly wonky version of the holiday party (when I saw it as a teenager, Mark Morris was the drunken uncle with the toilet paper sticking out of his pants) and the Sugar Plum fairy and his dancers—all in drag. The Hard Nut will be performing evening and matinee shows at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium from now until December 23rd.
If you’d like to try your hand, or rather voice, at being the entertainment, then join conductor Cheryl Anderson, the Cabrillo Choruses, the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, and other vocal daredevils like yourself at the First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz on Tuesday, December 18th at 7pm for a sing-along of Handel’s Messiah. The Davis Community Church in Davis and the Davis Chorale will put on their own Sing-Along Messiah on Sunday, December 23th at 4pm. Scores will be available for purchase at the door.