The Nutcracker in San Francisco Style

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker (photo by Erik Tomasson)

Beginning December 10th, San Francisco Ballet will add sparkle to the holiday season with its uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker. Originally presented in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892, the now infamous Nutcracker was not a hit with audiences until after San Francisco Ballet staged the American premiere on Christmas Eve in 1944. That sensational performance launched a national holiday tradition.

Set in early twentieth-century San Francisco, San Francisco Ballet’s production features choreography by Helgi Tomasson, scenic design by Tony Award winner Michael Yeargan, costume design by Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by James F. Ingalls, and projection design by Wendall K. Harrington. Do not hesitate if you are thinking of catching a performance this year. Due to popular demand more shows have been added, but seats are selling fast. In fact, SF Ballet’s first Nutcracker benefit luncheon, Land of Dreams, sold out before the invitations finished printing.

The Land of Dreams lunch on December 11th is sponsored by Italian clothier Brunello Cucinelli, a brand known for its luxurious fabrics, classic color palette and understated, elegant designs. Co-chairs Christine Leong Connors and Kelsey Lamond hosted a cocktail reception at the Brunello Cucinelli boutique at 116 Grant Avenue to toast the partnership and kick off the Ballet’s holiday season. Attendees included SF Ballet board chairman Carl Pascarella with his wife Yurie Pascarella, and SF Ballet trustees Richard Barker, Hannah Comolli, Kate Duhamel, Nancy Kukacka, and Miles Archer Woodlief.

Event Photos by Billy Cole Photography

While there, I found a few items for my holiday hit list:


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