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Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking “The Nutcracker” with Michael Remson and Shelly Power (RERUN)

The music! The story! The dancing! The history! The puns!


Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking

Photo: Houston Ballet website


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Show Notes

No tickets to see The Nutcracker this year? No problem! Experience basically almost the entire thing in this episode from the Classroom Wayback Machine with musical expert Michael Remson (San Diego Youth Symphony, formerly of AFA) and dance expert Shelly Power (Pennsylvania Ballet, formerly of Houston Ballet Academy). Hear the music and the story and learn all about the history of dance and behind the scenes tricks of the trade as you listen. It’s like four levels of entertainment at once. Just like Tchaikovsky intended*.


*We assume.

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Todd Hulslander is a Peabody Award winning producer/editor and Grammy nominated engineer. He has been "podcasting" since before "podcasting" was a thing, with his lifelong passion to tell stories with music and sound. While working for the Smithsonian, he helped create many nationally acclaimed series including Jazz Smithsonian with Lena...

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