As you know, we love promoting local blogs! Even in a small destination such as ours there seems to be a blog for just about everything, but it is undeniable that the most popular and thriving genre seems to be the arts. Today, we introduce a new blog to our readers called "Aisle Say" by Greer Firestone. He certainly has his finger on the pulse of the performing arts in Greater Wilmington and he was kind enough to guest blog about this year's "Nutcracker" performed annually by the First State Ballet Theatre. However, this year's performance will be much different than years preceding as the Grammy-winning Delaware Symphony Orchestra will lend live music to the production for the first time! Without further ado, Mr. Firestone takes us inside this historic performance:

   Delaware's only professional ballet company keeps throwing their creative net around the state.  Longtime (and passionate) President of the Board Robert Grenfell and Artistic Director Pasha Kambalov hauled in a leviathan for this year's performances; The Delaware Symphony.
   Heretofore, Tchaikovsky's music was pre-recored. Having our live symphony in attendance will energize not only the dancers but also the audience.

   David Amado has shown a propensity in the last two years to broaden DSO's reach. He is making his troupe more accessible and the rewards are plentiful. Aisle Say attended a recent concert by Natalie Merchant. I felt the symphony was many times more exciting than this one note artist.

    Just this past weekend DSO backed up Gary Brooker of Procul Harem, in concert for the Grand Gala; a spectacularly great party. And, the orchestra was recently nominated for their first Grammy, a Latin dominated CD entitled Interchange. On a podcast by the DE Division of Arts, Exec Director Lucinda Williams pointed out that their label is from the most prestigious producing company of their genre.
   Says Amado,"Collaborating with FSBT is thrilling for us. Normally we partner with other musicians. This new 'conversation', i.e. between the dancers and the orchestra is totally different. Both sides are energized and we become a living breathing organism. I think the audience senses this as well."

   Adding to the coup of partnering with DSO, First State Ballet is adding to this embarrassment of riches by inviting the Wilmington's Childrens Chorus to sit on either balcony sides and sing at appropriate times during the ballet. As Grenfell quips,"the music will be surround sound stereo!"

At The Grand Opera House  Dec 17 @ 7pm; Dec 18 @ 2pm and 7pm; Dec 19 @ 2p      Tix: 302.652.5577