The Nutcracker Ballet

Today, The Nutcracker ballet is as much a Christmas tradition as eggnog, jingle bells, and mistletoe. But centuries ago - long before a nutcracker appeared on stage - miners in the rural Ore Mountain region of Germany began crafting the ubiquitous household characters. The whimsical, dual-purpose figurines were toys that inspired play among the young, and tools that cracked nuts for all.

Join us for a complete broadcast of this magical music, in a legendary performance featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Antal Dorati.  It begins at 12 noon on Christmas Eve.