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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Classical concerts don’t come more charming than this one. At Usher Hall, John Mauceri conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in excerpts from two ballets—Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and Prokofiev’s Cinderella. After the intermission, the actor with the impish grin, Alan Cumming, takes the stage to narrate Mauceri’s concert adaptation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. To Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, Cumming will speak the words of E. T. A. Hoffmann, the German Romantic writer who invented the 1816 story upon which the ballet is based. —L.J.

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra 19 Killermont St, Glasgow G2 3NX, United Kingdom
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