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The Nutcracker

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Luke Isley
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Artists of Ballet West / Nutcracker

The dance scholar Jennifer Fisher says that The Nutcracker, at least in North America, has become as "regular as clockwork." Some may find it cliche and for some it may be obligatory. But Fisher argues that Tchaikovsky's piece is one of the most powerful traditions in the world of ballet and that it tells us a lot about the values we share. Friday, Doug talks to Fisher and Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute about The Nutcracker and the place it holds in our culture. (Rebroadcast)

  • Ballet West presents The Nutcracker December 10 through December 27 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. For tickets and information, call ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS (2787) or click here
  • Jennifer Fisher's book is "Nutcracker" Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World. [Indiebound|Amazon]
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.