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Configuration Dance Theatre is switching on the lights for a Buffalo-centric production of "The Nutcracker." The Tchaikovsky ballet will be set against the fanciful backdrop of the Pan-American Exposition of 1901. The magic begins at a Christmas party in a beautiful Buffalo home. Some of the city’s most prominent citizens are present. And the Christmas tree glows, for t…

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Do you hear what I hear? It's a multilayered din. The rumble of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, barreling toward Buffalo. Countless choruses warming up for their annual Christmas extravaganzas. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's musicians tuning up for its glittering holiday concerts. Embrace it. It's there for a reason. James Burritt, the director of the singing …

San Francisco Ballet founder and artistic director Willam Christensen, credited with the first complete performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in the United States on Christmas Eve 1944, couldn’t have foreseen the love affair American audiences would have with the ballet in the decades since – making it one of this country’s most cherished holiday traditions. Now a Buffalo…

I first saw “The Nutcracker” performed live more than 30 years ago, and my hazy recollection of that elementary school auditorium performance could be summarized in two words – creepy mice. Suffice it to say, a lot has changed in three decades, chiefly my appreciation for one of the greatest holiday tales of all time. The American Academy of Ballet bri…