Pgh Ballet Performs ‘The Nutcracker’ for Special Needs Audience; Zero Ted Trio at Andys Wine Bar (Thurs., 12/27/18)

Previous productions of 'The Nutcracker' have sparkled and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre vows to do it again this year. (photo: Rich Sofranko)

Previous productions of ‘The Nutcracker’ have sparkled and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre vows to do it again this year. (photo: Rich Sofranko)

1) Here comes the ballet that even non-ballet fans enjoy. The Nutcracker provides a huge share of annual ticket sales for ballet companies across the nation, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production is among the grandest of all. It was developed by PBT artistic director Terrence S. Orr, who drew in part from the original 1892 choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. But Orr also studied many contemporary versions, then teamed with his PBT colleagues to create a one-of-a-kind synthesis of classical ballet, modern artistry, and stunning stagecraft. (See the background story here.) This Nutcracker is set at an old-time Christmas party in Pittsburgh at the turn of the last century. Then, as we move into the realm of fantasy—with the Nutcracker doll coming to life and leading a cast of adult and child dancers through a visit to the Land of Enchantment—there are dazzling special dances, amazing magic tricks, and breathtaking stage effects. The music of course is by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 2 p.m. This is a performance for special needs audience members. Last day. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Andys Wine Bar in the lobby of the sleek, luxurious Fairmont Hotel hosts a jazz performance by the Zero Ted Trio. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. No cover. 510 Market St., Downtown.