The Nutcracker: A musician’s perspective

Did you know? It’s not just the dancers and the audience that finds the show so magical – a lucky Symphony Nova Scotia musician or two who can see the ballet from the pit beneath the stage love it, too.

“I have been playing The Nutcracker every year since its creation here at Symphony Nova Scotia, and it is one of my favourite shows to play,” says Symphony Nova Scotia Principal Bass Max Kasper. “This is for many reasons: first and foremost is the music. There are so many great tunes and pieces that it never loses its charm for me.

“I also have the unique distinction of being able to see some of the show from my vantage point in the pit, and I must say, that is a great incentive to memorize the part! My favourite scene is definitely the big Battle scene in the first half. The costumes and staging are amazing, but what really stands out is the sheer creativity of the story and the props used by the dancers. In the second half, the Waltz of the Flowers is a standout for me, and I watch that scene every performance with joy. It’s just a brilliant creation and a pleasure to play (and watch!) each year!”