Dec 22, 2009
Christmas is a lot of things to me...spending time with my family, enjoying good food, cooking and watching all the great movies of the season. Some of my favorites are "The Christmas Carol" ( the new one in 3-D is fabulous), the 1950's "The Christmas Story", The Nativity Story" about the birth of Jesus, all the Santa Claus movies, "Holiday Inn","White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life".
But the classic is Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". I grew up hearing the music played on cartoons that I watched as a child. The sound is just so magical.
Last night there was a showing of "The Nutcracker" on Maine PBS. I have always loved the story but this version was absolutely beautiful. The music, costumes and dancing was so elegant and visually stunning I am still thinking about it right now. If you ever have the opportunity to watch this version by the San Francisco Ballet, please do so. I promise you will not be disappointed! I plan on adding this DVD to my Christmas collection.
These are a few scenes from the production.
Clara receiving the Nutcracker
The Battle of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King
The Snow Queen
***Waltz of the snowflakes***
This scene is my absolute favorite. It is so beautiful...
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Merry Christmas Everyone
Happy New Year!
at 9:59 PM