Symphony’s ‘First Coast Nutcracker’ returns for 51st year


Celebrating its 51st anniversary as a cherished holiday tradition in the community, the Jacksonville Symphony’s “First Coast Nutcracker” returns to the Jim and Jan Moran Theater stage this weekend.

Shining with a new set, vibrant costumes, more than 100 community dance students and a tree that grows to 33 feet, this timeless masterpiece is the only local performance with a full, live symphony performing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score. From education to entertainment, the First Coast Nutcracker provides the whole family with everlasting holiday memories. Kevin Fitzgerald will conduct the symphony.

The Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker is presented by VyStar Credit Union.

Show times are: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

The Jim and Jan Moran Theatre is located at 300 Water St., Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Symphony is North Florida’s leading music nonprofit offering live performances at Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts and other venues throughout the area.

Led by President and CEO Steven Libman and Music Director Courtney Lewis, the Jacksonville Symphony reaches more than 113,000 individuals through 125-plus performances each season. In addition, the Symphony provides music instruction for youth and operates the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras.

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