Hip, hip hooray for the gentle ballet
A Boulder Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform Peter and the Wolf along with other classical favorites. Performances will be identical.
The performance is free, thanks to the generosity of the Boulder Library Foundation and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Wednesday, November 23, 2 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus
Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have come together to invite you to our first Sensory Friendly Gentle Nutcracker. We recognize that families like yours — who live with different abilities — feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker — a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County.
This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We aim to bring the arts to those who are uncomfortable in a typical performance setting.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Gentle Nutcracker
What is a sensory-friendly event?
Expect a quieter and more brightly-lit environment, as well as a welcoming attitude from the performers and other audience members that encourages movement and expression. Though the performance is geared towards families living with autism and other disabilities, this event is open to the entire community.
“Families with members who are differently abled often shy away from performances such asThe Nutcraker – missing the magic of live ballet and orchestral music. The Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have collaborated in putting together a very special sensory production, called the Gentle Nutcracker, which will be performed at the beautiful Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, located on the CU campus. What an amazing gift for the Boulder community and Colorado’s front range!” ~ Frances Owens, former First Lady of Colorado
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via PayPal below or by calling 303.449.1343
(11 AM-4 PM Mondays through Fridays, plus other times as available)
By clicking on the words above, you will be taken to our Go Fund Me page…
Please help us bring the first professional Nutcracker — which is welcoming to our families — to Colorado this holiday season!
The Nutcracker is perhaps the world’s most ubiquitous ballet and a quintessential must-see holiday performance.
Driven by the magical score of Tchaikovsky, with a feast of visual delights on a twinkling, snow-kissed stage, the Nutcracker is a universal story that ultimately teaches us how we can be our very best.
We recognize that families like yours — who live with different abilities — feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker — a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County. Well, now you can.
This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We hope to create a more compassionate world, nurturing both mind and spirit through the arts.
I think your ‘No Shushing Concert’ was a big hit! You provided an opportunity for kiddos with or without disabilities a time to enjoy either camp-loving-upbeat-educational music by Jeff and Paige or classical violin music by [I forgot that sweet boy’s name] in an environment where they are allowed to move to the music the way their bodies say is okay, or walk out of the concert if the music is too intense, or a time to sit and listen with their neighbors. Boulder County is lucky to have such a passionate, proactive, creative mother to host such special treats for our children. Thank you!
Carly Godzdanker, MS, OTR/L
Here are some more!
The Daily Camera also has more photos available on their web site: www.daily.camera.com
It was just so amazing. Thank you!!
Thank you so much to all the families who came and celebrated together! So many magical moments! Here are some photos — and I wanted to send a quick extra thank you to Noodles & Co as our local business that donated lunch for 175 people!!! Please tell them you appreciate their support of inclusion in the community and access to the arts for all!