It’s been one of the most acclaimed Christmas plays in recent times. In 2015, the University of Concepción Cultural Corporation and its Symphony Orchestra staged “El cascanuecescascarrabias” (“The Nut-cranky-cracker”), an original tale with music and dance which, upon audience request, will return for this Christmas in four free performances.
Created by the Concepción Symphony musician René Ulloa, the “Cascanuecescascarrabias” is not related to Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. The story takes places in our own region: a nutcracker who doesn’t believe in Christmas and is living in an old Toy Shop window will receive help from a Russian doll and, together with a child’s wish, they will transform the occasion in an amazing time.
The Symphony Orchestra will perform traditional Christmas music, and pieces by such composers as Giuseppe Verdi, Leroy Anderson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky and Chilean maestro Vicente Bianchi. They’ll be joined by the UdeC Choir, prepared by their director Carlos Traverso, and the University Students’ Ballet. The cast also includes singers and actors, all led by choreographic and stage director Leonardo Iturra. The music will be conducted by Chilean maestro Pablo Carrasco Villablanca.
- Wednesday 20 December at 20:00, Liceo Antonio Salamanca Morales, Coronel.
- Thursday 21 December at 20:00, Gymnasium, Los Ángeles UdeC Campus.
- Friday 22 December at 21:00, Chillán Cathedral atrium.
- Saturday 23 December at 21:30, Central Library atrium, University of Concepción (in cooperation with the Chilean Chamber of Construction).
Admission to all performances is free.-