A Swingin’ Holiday & More

November 8-10, 2019

Diablo Ballet kicks off the holidays in style as the company presents the opening program of its 2019-2020 season with the family-friendly A Swingin’ Holiday & More, November 8 – 10 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek.

Following each performance, ticket holders are invited to stay for a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers!

A Swingin’ Holiday

Music: Duke Ellington, Tom Kubis, Ted Wilson, and arrangements by Greg Sudmeier
Choreography: Sean Kelly

Our annual holiday favorite, A Swingin’ Holiday was created in 2012 by Sean Kelly, who most recently was the Resident Director of the first national tour of “An American in Paris.” Our 2019 version will feature new dances added to the ballet specifically for this season. The ballet is set to the exhilarating music of the 30’s and 40’s, with holiday favorites by legends Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Nat “King” Cole, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as jazzy renditions of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”, performed by the sixteen-piece Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra under the Musical Direction of Greg Sudmeier.

The Nutcracker Suite

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Julia Adam

The program also features a brand new holiday ballet created by master choreographer, Julia Adam, who last March choreographed the charming Once Upon a Time. This season, she puts her imaginative twist to the timeless tale of The Nutcracker. The Diablo family and their daughter Clara, decide to book the Nutcracker Suite at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill for Christmas Eve. See what unfolds on the night before Christmas, in this adventurous journey which will delight every member of the family.

The performances will be at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek. See directions