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Arts Connection for December 8-9, 2006

A review of Nutcracker Ballet performances, including Space Coast Ballet with the Brevard Symphony. Also a look-behind-the-scenes at Disney's Candlelight Procession, a profile of Haitian artist Edouard Duval Carrie, and what 5 actors bring to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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THE NUTCRACKER BALLET -

See the Dance section of the Arts Calendar for details on the 7 versions available in Central Florida. One of them features professional dancers from Boston Ballet, Russia and Europe, and live music by the Brevard Symphony. Space Coast Ballet is only five years old, but directors Boris Chepelev and Janna Kirova draw on their resources gained by being principal dancers for many leading Russian and European companies. The performances this weekend are at the King Center - Saturday at 2 & 7pm and Sunday at 2. Then they travel to the Vero Beach High Performing Arts Center for performances (w/o the BSO) on Dec. 16 and 17. For information, call 321-242-2219 or 772-564-4682.

Space Coast Ballet Academy is their school, with 50 classes a week for children in adults, ranging from ballet, ballroom dancing and character dance, to yoga, pilates and caporeira. For informatoin, call 321-253-0544.

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS -

Two museums will showscase the lithographs of Robert Kipniss this week - Seen in Solitude opens Sunday at the Orlando Museum of Art, and another exhibit opens Thursday at Millenia Fine Art; Robert Kipniss will be at a Reception, Thursday from 7-9pm.

Three exhibits by Florida artists opened last week at the DeLand Museum of Art, an organization that was re-dedicated itself to showcasing artists from our state. Priorities - Photographs by Orlando artist Lynn Wipple, Sculpture by St. Augustine artist Enzo Torcoletti and Transparent Dimensions by St. Petersburg multi-media artist David McKirdy are all on display through February 11.

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Epcot's Candlelight Procession is a long-standing tradition at Disney, with a large choir and orchestra and celebrity narrators telling the story of Christmas. From the Arts Connection archives, 90.7's Judith Smelser has this look behind-the-scenes. 
Narrators for the coming weeks include Steven Curtis Chapman, Maureen McGovern and Gary Sinise.

Bill Dudley has this profile of Haitian artist Edouard Duval Carrie, who uses his work to express the soul of his troubled homeland.

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From the Arts Connection archives, this 2005 story talked to 5 actors who were playing Ebenezer Scrooge, another perennial favorite of the holiday season. This year, there are just 3 productions (or take-offs) on the Dickens classic - Theatre Downtown's traditional staging runs through December 17; for information, call 407-841-0083. David McElroy returns for his 9th season of the 1-man Chrsitmas Carol; there are 2 performances this year - Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm at Christ Unity Church, 771 Holden Avenue in Orlando (407-852-3940 ext. 202 for reservations) and a Dinner Theatre performance on Saturday, December 23 at Taste Restaurant, 717 W. Smith Street in College Park. Call 407-835-0646 for reservations. And then there's Melbourne Civic Theatre's take on the story - The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production Of A Christmas Carol, which closes this Sunday, Dec. 10; for information, call (321) 723-6935.

Music performed by the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir closes this week's program. The choir is directed by Claire Hodge and their annual Holiday Carol Concert is this Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke's - 130 N. Magnolia Ave. in downtown Orlando. For information, call 407-849-0680.

(Recording courtesy of Isle of Skye Audio Productions)

 

 

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