The Music Plays On —Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker

Celina Cummings in San Francisco Ballet’s 1944 production of The Nutcracker

As I mentioned yesterday, there are two musical mainstays of the Christmas season that weren’t necessarily composed and produced for the sole intention of being performed during the holiday season. One is Handel’s Messiah, and the other is Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker was premiered in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre as a double…