Kids Commute: Novel Nutcracker Week!
This week on Kids Commute, it's not your Grandmother's Nutcracker... or maybe it is!
You probably don't have to look hard to find a performance of The Nutcracker in a city near you this holiday season.
Listen to our Classical Sprouts episode all about the music and the story of the ballet!
And now that it's so popular, genres from bluegrass to klezmer have made Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker their own.
Explore some on Kids Commute this week!
The bluegrass ensemble, Front Porch Orchestra, has a whole album of music from The Nutcracker played on instruments like the mandolin, banjo and fiddle.
Pianist, composer and band leader Duke Ellington created jazz arrangements of music from The Nutcracker with fun titles like "Toot Toot Tootie Toot," "Peanut Brittle Brigade" and "Arabesque Cookie."
Klezmer group Shirim's reimagined Nutcracker features instruments like the accordion, piano and clarinet.
Wendy Carlos' take on The Nutcracker uses an instrument that hadn't even been invented when Tchaikovsky was alive - the synthesizer.
And a cappella group Pentatonix's version uses no instruments at all!
Discover even more novel Nutcrackers with our Spotify playlist!
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