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Janessa Touchet and Joseph Phillips in Delta Festival’s “Nutcracker”

Delta Festival Ballet 
3351 Severn Ave., Suite 304A, Metairie | 504-888-0931 | www.deltafestivalballet.com
Artistic directors: Joseph Giacobbe and Maria Giacobbe.
Louisiana’s largest professional dance company has been performing since 1967. It is the resident ballet of the New Orleans Opera and collaborates annually with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The New Orleans Youth Ballet is a pre-professional division that offers students professional training and performing experience. 
Nutcracker, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra | Dec. 6-7, 2 p.m., Northshore Harbor Center, Slidell; Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., Dec. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans. The holiday classic stars New Orleans native Janessa Touchet and her acclaimed partner Joseph Phillips. A cast of 130 local children join the professional dancers with beautiful costumes and elaborate sets.
Nutcracker Children’s Concert Series | Dec. 2, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Loyola University; Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m., Northshore Harbor Center. In performances tailored for a younger audience, a narrator walks children through the story as they see the professional dancers and  elaborate costumes in an intimate setting. School and youth groups ages 4-18 are invited at a discounted ticket price.

Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
Providing a unique forum for classical music in New Orleans since 1980, the Musical Arts Society’s mission is to nurture new talent and encourage knowledgeable audiences through concerts that include Nocturne, the Concerto Showcase and the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival, an eight-day event featuring master classes, lectures and recitals. For more information contact director@masno.org, call 504-899-4826, or see http://masno.org. 
New Orleans Ballet Theatre
504-528-3800 | www.nobt.org Artistic director: Gregory Schramel, associate director: Marjorie Schramel.
After dancing as principals and soloists in ballets in Miami, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Dallas, native son Gregory Schramel and his wife Marjorie Hardwick established the New Orleans Ballet Theatre in 2002, to offer audiences a unique dance experience in the contemporary traditions honed by George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart and Twyla Tharp. The company reflects the decidedly international flavor of the city, drawing professional classical ballet dancers from South America and Europe as well as New Orleans.
The Nutcracker | Nov. 29 at 2 and 7 p.m., Nov. 30 at 2 p.m., Roussel Hall, Loyola University. Magical dolls, swirling snowflakes, dancing flowers. Slidell native and Los Angeles Ballet principal dancer Aubrey Morgan, recently a guest star on “So You Think You Can Dance,” will be featured as a soloist.
New Orleans Friends of Music
For more than 50 years, New Orleans Friends of Music has brought internationally acclaimed musicians to the community. An all-volunteer group, the organization is dedicated to promoting and fostering the performance and appreciation of fine chamber music. 
The New Orleans Friends will again offer its free pre-concert lecture series this season. Each lecture, in which a musicologist discusses the works to be performed, will begin at 7 p.m. and will conclude by 7:40 p.m. in order that those attending may be comfortably seated by concert time. There is no admission charge for any lecture.
Upcoming: All performances take place at Dixon Hall, Tulane University.
To reserve, contact Margie Scheuermann at 504-895-0690 or margieheart@bellsouth.net. For updated information, see www.friendsofmusic.org.
Richard Goode | Nov. 3. The pianist returns to the local concert stage after a long absence.
The Weilerstein Trio | Dec. 1. The acclaimed trio in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, featuring rising star Alisa Weilerstein as cellist, will present the third offering of the season. 
The Escher String Quartet | Jan. 12. A young ensemble formed in 2005 has become a world-class string quartet.
New Orleans Musica da Camera
The oldest surviving early music organization in the country, New Orleans Musica da Camera is dedicated to researching and performing the music of the 10th through 16th centuries. Founded in 1966 by director Milton G. Scheuermann Jr., the group uses historically informed performance techniques and reproductions of period instruments (many built by Scheuermann). Vox Feminæ, the women’s vocal ensemble of Musica da Camera, was founded in 1994 by Thaïs St. Julien and focuses on medieval songs and chant, with a special interest in music by or about women.
Concerts are free and open to the public. Call 504-895-1972 or see the Web site — www.nomdc.org/More.html — for updated information.   
Old World, New World (Christmas performance, with Vox Feminae) | Nov. 30, 3 p.m., St. Joseph Abbey Church, Covington; Dec. 7, Ursuline Chapel, 2701 State St., New Orleans; Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Holy Name of Mary Church, 500 Eliza St., Algiers. •

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