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A MUSIC CENTER Co-Commission

Delight in the storybook holiday fairytale that captures the spirit of the season through the magic of a child’s imagination. It is Christmas Eve. A blanket of snow covers the ground, a bright Christmas star glows in the sky, and Marie and her Nutcracker Prince are about to embark on an unexpected journey to a winter wonderland of enchantment!

The Music Center brings back a holiday tradition to Los Angeles with a world premiere of the new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet. The holiday classic, with Balanchine’s iconic choreography, features all-new sets and costumes by Cuban-American artist/designer couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Performances will include, for the first time, student dancers from two L.A. arts academies — The Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! — while the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will provide live vocals. A live orchestra will play Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. 

Make Dance at The Music Center part of your holiday traditions. The new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect winter celebration for the entire family.

*The December 7, 2017 performance is part of The Music Center’s Winter Soirée

Sweet Seats

DECEMBER 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to the best seats at the Saturday Matinee, a backstage photo opportunity with a dancer, dancer-signed Nutcracker poster and Nutcracker goodie bag.  Sweet Seats only available with support of The Music Center’s Winter Soirée. For more information, please call (213) 972-4322 or email

2017-18 Season Video

George Balanchine's 
The Nutcracker

December 7 | 6:30 p.m.*
December 8 | 7:30 p.m.
December 9 | 2:00 p.m.
December 9 | 7:30 p.m.
December 10 | 12:00 p.m.
December 10 | 4:00 p.m.

The Music Center's 
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Please note: Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.

Approximate runtime: one hour and 58 minutes with one 20-minute intermission.