CCM’s Jazz Ensemble performed with Musical Theatre dancers at CCM’s 2011 Moveable Feast benefit event. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM presents a special seasonal treat at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, as the departments of Jazz Studies and Musical Theatre unite to present Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite for one night only in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

One of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Duke Ellington recorded The Nutcracker Suite for the Columbia record label in 1960. The album featured jazz interpretations of well-known melodies by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Under the musical direction of Scott Belck and Dominic Marino, dancers from CCM’s Musical Theatre program will join the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to transform The Nutcracker Suite’s romantic orchestrations into jumping jazz melodies, including “Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes),” “Peanut Brittle Brigade” and “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy).” Featuring choreography by Diane Lala, a classical ballet becomes cool-cat jazz, infused with Vegas glitz, Hollywood glamour and a little New York razzmatazz.

This concert is the latest in an ongoing series of collaborative efforts between CCM’s departments of Jazz Studies and Musical Theatre. “When Scott [Belck] first came to CCM to head the Jazz program, he contacted me after seeing an all-dance show I had choreographed,” Lala explains. “We began collaborating for CCM’s annual Moveable Feast benefit events. When he asked if I wanted to do Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite with him, I jumped at the chance. This is a great opportunity for our Musical Theatre students to be able to dance with a wonderful band.”

Performance Time
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite are $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students and free for UC students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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