Live Symphony for 51st Production of The Nutcracker

San Jose, CA — November 21, 2016. One of the Bay Area’s leading classic ballet institutions, San José Dance Theatre (SJDT) is pleased to announce its continued partnership with the Cambrian Symphony for its fourth year of a full live symphony orchestra. Scott Krijnen, Cambrian Symphony’s conductor, and Linda Hurkmans, SJDT’s Artistic Director are joining forces to bring live music and dance to Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet.


The San José Dance Theatre has provided generations of audiences with the magic of The Nutcracker. This will be its 51st production, making it the second longest-running Nutcracker production in the Bay Area. Audiences will be awestruck by the grace and talent of the San José Dance Theatre’s world-class guest artists including Sasha de Sola and Max Cauthorn of San Francisco Ballet, Samantha Bell, Guest Artist with Western Ballet and Rudy Candia formerly from Silicon Valley Ballet. Also gracing the stage, the dashing Snow King and mysterious Arabrian Prince portrayed by professional guest artists, Walter Guiterrez, formerly of Silicon Valley Ballet and Nathan Cottam, Director of Mannakin Theater & Dance.

“San José Dance Theatre is honored to continue our collaboration with Maestro Scott Krijnen and the Cambrian Symphony to provide us a talented group of professional musicians who bring a symphony orchestra that makes our production of The Nutcracker one of the best events this holiday season,” said Linda Hurkmans, San José Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director. “The energy that a live symphony offers adds a rich dimension for the dancers and the Cambrian Symphony is one of the best orchestras in the area. Our ballet company is comprised of both professional dancers and students which helps further our goal of educating younger students alongside our more seasoned adults.”

directorslindahurkmansandscottkrijnen“We are thrilled to be collaborating once again with San José Dance Theatre to provide a live symphony for this wonderful ballet,” said Scott Krijnen. “Our orchestra offers a unique blend of adult and student musicians and The Nutcracker showcases how important live music is for staged productions. We love working with the San José Dance Theatre because they value the importance of a live orchestra for the audience.”

About San José Dance Theatre
SJDT’s vision is to inspire dancers of all ages in the exploration of the art of dance, to foster growth through high level training and mentoring experiences by professional dancers and instructors, and to promote the art of dance through creative public awareness campaigns.

About Cambrian Symphony
Cambrian Symphony is dedicated to supporting and mentoring young musicians by engaging students in performance side by side with professionals. Through this unique collaboration, Cambrian Symphony strives to share the joy of creating music not only with its audiences, but with the next generation of musicians.

Press Contact for Cambrian Symphony
Elisheva Bailey, [email protected], 408-431-6114

Press Contact for San José Dance Theatre
Miriam Watson, [email protected], 408-286-9905

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