Nutcracker Ballet - San Francisco (CA)

Get your digital ticket for Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Christmas Stream
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 5:00 pm
Presented by The Masonic

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream

Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration!

Media Partner: San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and acquired by Hearst in 2000, the Chronicle has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. Committed to coverage of subjects that are uniquely important to our readers: local issues and those topics with national impact such as economy, politics, technology and ecology, as well as breaking news, crime, education and national and foreign news, the place to turn is the Chronicle and its sister site, SFGATECombined, the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGATE reach over 30 million users each month.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream is Presented by The Masonic

This year, The Masonic presents Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker streaming directly to your living room! An icon of mid-century modernist architecture, the California Masonic Memorial Temple atop Nob Hill was designed by Albert Roller and dedicated on Sept. 29, 1958. The temple houses the Masonic Auditorium, the Grand Lodge of California, the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum. The sculpture on the outside of the building, created by Emile Norman, is a war memorial, with the four 12-foot high figures representing the branches of the armed forces, as well as 14 marble figures engaged in a tug-of-war, representing the struggle between good and evil. The Masonic’s re-opening in the fall of 2014 unveiled a transformed space unlike any other of its size in the Bay Area. Renovations include a brand-new concert stage, state-of-the-art sound system tailored specifically to the room, and a new general admission open floor with tiered levels, bringing the venue’s general admission capacity to 3,300.

Moscow Ballet's Usual Venue in San Francisco: The Palace of Fine Arts

This year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is streaming in San Francisco, directly to your living room! In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed at the Romanesque Palace of Fine Artscreated as a star attraction at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The expo celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal and San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires. Designer Bernard Maybeck themed the construction around Roman ruins, drawing inspiration from both Roman and Greek architecture. His intention was to show “the mortality of grandeur and the vanity of human wishes.” A major restoration program in the ’60s restored the palace to its former glory, stripping it back to its basics and then rebuilding with new concrete, paving and landscaping. The Palace of Fine Arts League continues to operate the theater today, honoring the legacy of Maybeck, Johnson, and the many others that have contributed to the rich cultural fabric of San Francisco made possible by the success of the Panama Pacific International Exposition.

Past San Francisco Ballet Partnership: The Saratoga School of Dance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local California children from The Saratoga School of Dance. The Saratoga School of Dance, in the San Jose / Palo Alto Valley, provides a family oriented, child friendly, environment for students ranging in age from 16 months to adults of all ages. While the main emphasis is on age appropriate technique, this is not a competition school and equal importance is given to providing a fulfilling, fun environment for young dancers. Students are, however, well grounded in formal technique and are fully prepared to go to a competitive program should they choose.