UTC professor composes for updated Nutcracker

On Dec. 9 at Memorial Auditorium, two performances of an updated production of the Nutcracker ballet, "The Millennium Nutcracker," were presented, featuring five new dance compositions by Dr.Jonathan McNair, of UTC's music faculty.

The new production by Ballet Tennessee kept much ofTchaikovsky's music.

The styles of the new music pieces by McNair includedevocative orchestral textures, ragtime, jazz, African-style drumming, rock and pop, and an American march. Ballet Tennessee features a diverse group of children, young adults, and professional dancers, led by Barry van Cura and Anna Baker-van Cura.

The show also featured the Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song, led by Roland Carter of UTC.

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