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Duke Ellington's Jazzy Nutcracker Suite enchanted audiences at Sanctuary of the Arts

The Nutcracker Wonderland experience was a tradition with a twist at Sanctuary of the Arts with New Canon Chamber Collective bringing Duke Ellington's magic to Coral Gables

Sanctuary of the Arts (SOA) and New Canon Chamber Collective joined forces to bring a fresh, jazzy twist to the classic Nutcracker Suite. On Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 PM, this innovative performance proved to be a toe-tapping, soul-lifting experience that redefines the traditional holiday spirit.

About Duke Ellington's vibrant Nutcracker

In a world where tradition meets innovation Sanctuary of the Arts and New Canon Chamber Collective came together to present Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite at the heart of Coral Gables. Breaking away from the conventional renditions, New Canon's 18-piece jazz band, founded by Portia Dunkley in 2021, breathed new life into familiar holiday tunes with their soulful arrangements.

Audience members were in for a treat as the jazz-infused melodies of Ellington injected a lively energy into Tchaikovsky's timeless score. The fusion of classical elegance and contemporary jazz provided a night of exhilarating entertainment, giving the Nutcracker a makeover that had toes tapping and spirits soaring. Sanctuary of the Arts' choreographic ensemble added another layer of excitement, showcasing their unique dance interpretations that synchronize seamlessly with the revamped musical landscape.

Embracing diversity, inclusion, representation, and equity, New Canon Chamber Collective ensures a musical experience that resonated with the rich cultural tapestry of South Florida. This collaboration transcended boundaries, and everyone that join in the festivities and experienced the magic of the holiday season through a refreshing lens can attest to that.

A group of dancerspreparing to perform the Nutcracker

Sanctuary of the Arts in Coral Gables

The stage for this groundbreaking performance was none other than the enchanting Sanctuary of the Arts located at 410 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134. This vibrant cultural hub is an epicenter of holiday cheer, offering a unique space where artistry, music, and dance converge. As SOA and New Canon Chamber Collective transformed this venue into a sanctuary of festive delights, attendees participated in an immersive experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional holiday celebrations.

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