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The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia's The Harlem Nutcracker

  December 4, 2022 2:00 PM

Doors Open: 1:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVED SEATING ADVANCE: $75.00 / $47.00
RESERVED SEATING DAY OF SHOW: $75.00 / $47.00
STANDING ROOM ONLY ADVANCE: $30.00
STANDING ROOM ONLY DAY OF SHOW: $30.00

TICKET SALE DATES
RESERVED SEATING ADVANCE / STANDING ROOM ONLY ADVANCE Public Onsale: November 2, 2022 11:24 AM to December 4, 2022 12:00 AM
RESERVED SEATING DAY OF SHOW / STANDING ROOM ONLY DAY OF SHOW Public Onsale: December 4, 2022 12:00 AM to December 4, 2022 11:59 PM

Please note there will not be food service for this show and The Lounge will not be open.  

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Covid Policy: Unless otherwise stated, World Cafe Live will follow the City of Philadelphia’s current Covid-19 guidelines.

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The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia returns to the stage with its annual holiday tradition—The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia’s The Harlem Nutcracker. Legendary jazz innovators Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn famously premiered the suite in 1960.

The Harlem Nutcracker infuses the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with vivacious, jazzy energy, featuring song names like “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (based on the “March”) and “Sugar Rum Cherry” (based on the “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”). The suite shows off Ellington and Strayhorn’s versatility as composers and arrangers—with the pieces covering a wide range of musical sounds, emotions and locales. This is the JOP’s eighth presentation of the The Harlem Nutcracker, a tradition started to honor the great jazz saxophonist, Jimmy Heath.

The second half of the program presents The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia’s pandemic-delayed tribute to Philadelphia native and jazz piano legend McCoy Tyner who passed away in 2020. The set will highlight eight of Tyner’s incredible jazz compositions and will feature guest pianists Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut.

“The Harlem Nutcracker is an important tradition for The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, and for me as well,” said Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford. “It takes all of those holiday Nutcracker favorites and makes them swing—each in their own interesting way. I’m glad to welcome guest artists Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut on the piano for our tribute to the late great McCoy Tyner. It is sure to be a night of fantastic music and great musicians.”

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker rendition will be performed in an intimate setting at World Café Live.  The program continues JOP’s ongoing exploration of local jazz history and its luminaries by honoring Philadelphia jazz musicians Jimmy Heath and McCoy Tyner. 

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