ETSO joining TJC for 25th anniversary of ‘The Nutcracker’

Jul 17, 2013 by

The Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra are collaborating for the 25th anniversary presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, “The Nutcracker.”
This year’s guest artists are Adrian Danchig-Waring and Abi Stafford, principal dancers with the world-famous New York City Ballet.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring in Abi and Adrian as our Sugar Plum and her Cavalier,” TJC Academy of Dance Director Justine
Pojanowski said.
The production is set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on The University of Texas at Tyler campus.
“‘The Nutcracker’ is such a time-honored tradition for so many East Texans, and it is often children’s first exposure to the power and beauty of classical music and dance,” Justine Pojanowski said.
“It’s going to be such an exciting year, especially with the superb East Texas Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Richard Lee providing live music.”
This marks the first “Nutcracker” performance for the ETSO since Lee was named the orchestra’s new conductor in 2012.
With the guest artists and addition of a live orchestra, the costs of bringing this year’s production to life are higher than usual, she said, and sponsorships are being sought on a variety of “Nutcracker”-themed levels, from Sugar Plum at $10,000 to Snow Flake at $250.
Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, on the TJC campus.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 4, in the Cowan Center
box office.
General admission tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door; with children under age 12 for $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Premium seats are $55 for the evening performance and $35 for the matinee.
For more information on sponsorships, please contact Pojanowski at 903-510-2483 or by email at



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