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The Nutcracker Suite at Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo

Milan, Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo — Main Hall

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About the Event

Experience the magnificent melodies of classical music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky in a highly‐anticipated concert at Milan's cherished Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo. This concert brings together the harmonious sounds of two renowned composers, showcasing their incredible musical talents on one stage.

Within the realm of ballet's history, influential figures like Marius Petipa and Sergei Djagillev played significant roles in its evolution across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Parallel to ballet's development, there exists another narrative that intertwines the world of music with this art form. Marius Petipa, while working on his masterpiece, Nutcracker, sought the support of Pyotr Il'ič Tchaikovsky, the genius behind Swan Lake, to sculpt the perfect musical accompaniment for his choreographic vision. In the early twentieth‐century Paris, Sergei Djagilev, a visionary impresario, found a kindred spirit in Igor Stravinsky, who skillfully recreated Russian worlds through his music. This collaboration paved the way for the esteemed Russian Ballets to captivate audiences in Paris.

One of Stravinsky's earliest major ballet compositions, Bird of Fire, marked a significant milestone in his career and was dedicated to Nikolai Rimsky‐Korsakov. This exceptional piece was followed by Petrushka in 1911 and The Rite of Spring in 1913, both commissioned by Djagilev. Stravinsky's mastery in capturing the essence of Russian culture and his innovative compositions allowed him to leave an indelible mark on the ballet world.

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of classical music and ballet as you witness the magic of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky's timeless compositions. This concert at Milan's Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo offers a unique opportunity to witness the extraordinary intersections and relationships between these two art forms, showcasing the transformative power of music in the realm of dance.


  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Lo Schiaccianoci, Suite
  • Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky – L'oiseau de feu (L'uccello di fuoco, versione 1909)
Program is subject to change


Conductor: John Axelrod

American conductor John Axelrod has been elected artistic and musical director of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville in 2014. He is also the principal conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. Throughout his career Axelrod has performed with famous orchestras all over the world.

Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi


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