WMU Symphony Orchestra - The Nutcracker


Western Michigan University’s Symphony Orchestra will perform music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Manistee High School’s Auditorium. The performance is part of West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Series.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s musical score was originally written for “The Nutcracker,” a two-act ballet. The libretto was adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by way of Alexander Dumas' adapted story “The Nutcracker.” It was given its première in Russia on Sunday, December 18, 1892.

Although the original ballet production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. The complete “Nutcracker” has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s, and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season.

Conductor Bruce Uchimura leads the 70-member orchestra, which has won wide recognition and was named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in DownBeat magazine. He also teaches cello, coaches chamber ensembles and is professor of music at the university. Uchimura’s leadership as a conductor has won wide recognition for the WMU Symphony Orchestra.

The University Symphony performs orchestral masterworks, features internationally recognized and WMU faculty soloists, and collaborates with the WMU Grand Chorus and Department of Dance to present a six-concert season in Kalamazoo.

Orchestra members also perform with WMU opera and musical theatre productions, and the orchestra has performed at high schools, colleges, and various performance venues throughout Michigan.

The University Symphony Orchestra includes undergraduate and graduate music majors who take pride in the professional level of the ensemble’s rehearsals and performances. Orchestra alumni now perform in symphony orchestras across the nation.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by phone at 231-843-5507, or in person at WSCC’s Schoenherr Campus Center Book Store. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Remaining tickets may also be available one hour prior to the performance in the Manistee High School auditorium lobby.

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations