FLINT — ‘Tis the season when the Flint Symphony Orchestra joins talented local and guest performers to bring two traditional crowd-pleasing holiday shows to the stage at The Whiting.
First up, is the annual world-class performance of “The Nutcracker,” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 6.
Then the holiday merriment continues with the presentation of “The Holiday Pops,” featuring The Flint Symphony Orchestra and Enrique Diemecke, Conductor, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 and 3-5 p.m. on Sunday December 20.
Touted as the “finest Nutcracker in Michigan,” the performance at Whiting will feature the Collage Dance Collective of Memphis and talented dancers from the Flint School of Performing Arts including students from many area high schools.
The Flint Symphony Orchestra brings the performances to life with Tchaikovsky’s classic score.
Sponsored By William Hentgen with support from Ruth Mott Foundation, The Nutcracker is a captivating ballet that tells the story of Clara, a young girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker doll to break a spell cast by an evil Mouse King, thereby freeing the Nutcracker Prince for a joyful return to the Kingdom of Sweets and an enchanting display of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court.
Dazzling costumes and fantasyland stage settings underscore the enchanting performance, presented by NBC25 and the Flint Institute of Music.
Karen Mills Jennings is the Artistic Director and David Mairs will be the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets start at $8. For details, call 888-8CENTER or visit theFIM.org
The joy of the holiday spirit abounds in the beloved seasonal staging of The Holiday Pops, featuring the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Festival Chorus and community singers with area high school singers performing joyous holiday music and favorite carols.
Hosted by Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin of ABC 12, this uplifting musical extravaganza is presented by the Flint Institute of Music and ABC 12 and sponsored by Security Credit Union with support from Ruth Mott Foundation in collaboration with The Whiting.
Tickets start at $10 and are available at thewhiting.com/tickets
Want to watch from home? Check local listing for broadcasts of the “Holiday Pops” on ABC12 and on PBS. — R.S.