Witness the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Ballet Company’s annual performance

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This weekend, enjoy the sixth annual collaboration between the renowned Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) and The Fairfax Ballet Company with this year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic, “The Nutcracker”.

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As an annual fixture of local holiday theater in northern Virginia, FSO’s performance will provide audiences with a wonderful viewing experience worth a fun night out with friends and family. In order to secure a seat in the audience, tickets are available online starting around $49 with matinee showings in George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. The show will start at 4 p.m. on December 18 and 19.

Having been founded in 1957, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra works hard to provide the very best in musical entertainment to every audience member who takes a seat. As the holiday season swings into full gear, this year’s production is sure to bring a sense of warmth to the audience.

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“Our production has become a cherished tradition of the season for many in our community,” said Jonathan Kerr, FSO executive director. “From the incredible dancers, with live music by our orchestra musicians, together with stunning digital scenery… our audiences will enter the winter-wonderland of the Nutcracker Prince and Sugar Plum Fairy.”

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While this production aims to excite local residents looking to watch the show, it also emphasizes support for local performers interested in expanding their experience in the performing arts.

Having worked together on previous productions of “The Nutcracker”, The Fairfax Ballet Company and FSO collaborate to present the very best in local talent in each year’s production - on stage and in the pit.

“Audiences seem to love this special treat as we welcome our professional guest soloists from premier dance companies together with our local stars,” said Karla Petry, executive director of The Fairfax Ballet.

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Additionally, the experience offers many local stage dancers and musicians the opportunity to show off their skills and work closely with others in their field. “This performance provides an extraordinary learning experience for our Fairfax Ballet Company dancers as their first opportunity to perform together with a live, professional orchestra,” said Petry.

Elina Miettinen plays the role of Sugar Plum Fairy, Zachary Catazaro plays Cavalier, Heather Qian plays the role of Clara, and Carlos Martinez Espinosa is the Nutcracker Prince.

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