Zurich Jazz Orchestra performs Duke Ellington’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” conducted by Ed Partyka.
Klaus Henner Russius reads E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker Tale”
The time before Christmas opens one’s eyes to the most wondrous things: glittering Christmas forests, enchanted castles made of marzipan or mechanical toys that are miraculously alive.
But the pre-Christmas season also opens our ears to what remains of historic moments in jazz history: Duke Ellington and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky meet in Las Vegas, and Ellington decides to record an entire album of pieces by another composer for the first time: Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” – course not without enriching the romantic original with swing and improvisation. This illustrious round is now joined by the fantastic exuberance of E.T.A. Hoffmann and his fairy tale of the “Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. What will happen next? You can see and hear that at Theater Rigiblick. Klaus Henner Russius will be reading.