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Get in the holiday spirit with SSO’s The Nutcracker for String Quartet

Two shows at All Nations Church Dec. 11

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced what it says will be one of the symphony’s most popular shows of the year: The Nutcracker for String Quartet. 

The concert will be presented at All Nations Church (414 St Raphael St.) on Saturday, Dec. 11 at both 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“The holidays are about traditions and spending time with the ones we love,” said SSO artistic director, Mélanie Léonard. “We are extremely grateful to have the chance to spend time with you in music this year!”

The concert will be presented by the SSO String Quartet composed of Cristina Masotti (Violin), Melissa Schaak (Violin), Geoff McCausland (Viola), and Dobrochna Zubek (Principal Cello). 

The SSO collaborated with local playwright and actor Matthew Heiti to create a multidisciplinary performance for string quartet. 

Local puppeteer Jennifer Hazelton will delight audiences with a dynamic performance as the SSO String Quartet performs this reimagined version of the popular Nutcracker, adapted and specifically created for the occasion.

The second half of the performance features the SSO String Ensemble, made up of SSO volunteer musicians, who will perform Corelli’s beloved Christmas Concerto. 

The Northern Brass Quartet will round out the concert with a rousing rendition of a variety of classics such as Frosty the Snowman, The Wassail Song from Yuletide Jazz Suite No. 2, and many others.

“We are proud to present the premiere of our very own version of one of the most enduring artistic holiday traditions, The Nutcracker, alongside Corelli’s beloved Christmas Concerto and a performance by the Northern Brass Quartet,” said Léonard. “Let’s give ourselves the gift of music and the joy of sharing a moment of magic.”

Tickets are first come first serve and hall capacity is being limited to 50 per cent to comply with Public Health best practices for distancing. The SSO encourages all those interested to get their tickets early.

Tickets are available online through Event Brite.