Christmas music embodies the spirit of the season, much like the National Anthem evokes Independence Day and the ambient compositions of Philip Glass reflect the existential angst of Valentine’s Day. Treat ears to yuletide tunes with today’s GrouponLive deal to see The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony, at the historic Majestic Theatre on Friday, November 25, at 2 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $10, you get one premium seat in the balcony (up to a $26.75 value).
- For $22, you get one premium seat in the mezzanine level (up to a $46.75 value).
- For $30, you get one premium seat in the orchestra level (up to a $61.75 value).
Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony forge a mighty alliance, infusing a Christmas tradition with professional grace and ballast in this season’s extravagant production of The Nutcracker. A holiday staple for more than a century, The Nutcracker is famous for its enchanting score, superlative dancing, and topical storyline of a young girl’s love for deshelling legumes. The San Antonio Symphony’s crew of world-class musicians brings a smile to Tchaikovsky’s curmudgeonly ghost, elegantly slaloming through his ménage of notes and timeless melodies. Floating, flittering, and pirouetting with inhuman fluency, the renowned troupe of Ballet San Antonio fills the opulent Majestic Theatre stage with rollicking grandeur as highly trained hoofers meld with the music, eschewing words for paragraphs of dance and chapters of suites. A Mediterranean-style cityscape frames the theater's proscenium, and the ceiling swirls with projections of clouds, allowing audience members to release parakeets into the wild during the show.
San Antonio Symphony
Although symphonic concerts could be heard in San Antonio all the way back in the 1880s, the formation of the San Antonio Symphony—the city's first formal orchestra—didn't happen until 1939. It was then that Max Reiter, a native of Italy, was forced from his career and home by a freshly established anti-Semitic policy. Reiter boarded a ship for New York, found the city teeming with exiled musicians like himself, and therefore purchased a train ticket to the South. There, San Antonio's leaders invited Reiter to conduct a demonstration concert for a crowd of 2,500. The success of that initial impression led to the formal founding of the Symphony and an inaugural concert just five months later. Today, Sebastian Lang-Lessing stands where Reiter once stood, leading a full ensemble of 75 musicians with a baton hand honed across the globe.