Whether or not you can spell Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, you probably know his music. This Russian composer who wrote the music for the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” shall forever be connected to San Francisco.
Our San Francisco Ballet was founded in 1933 as the San Francisco Opera Ballet. On Christmas Eve of 1944, the first complete version of “The Nutcracker” ever staged in the United States was performed in San Francisco. Here is a pictorial history of San Francisco’s “The Nutcracker,” including some information on the 1960s performance that had a national television debut:
“The Nutcracker” is also unique because there are many young performers. Each year, the production needs 150 children to perform. All of the children are students at the San Francisco Ballet School. Here are some still photos of the children in their costumes and behind the scenes:
“The Nutcracker” is just the beginning of the new ballet season that runs through May of 2015. Check out this overview of plans for the whole season: