This December, catch the Ballet 5:8 Trainees performing at three different holiday events in the Chicagoland area.


Duke It Out || Music Institute of Chicago

Saturday, December 10 - 10AM & 2PM

The Music Institute of Chicago welcomes families for Duke It Out, a concert showcasing both traditional and jazz-inflected versions of The Nutcracker Suite.

Duke it Out pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, transcription by James Stephenson) versions of the holiday favorite.  This 60-minute program offers fun for the entire family! This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca.  


Winter Wonderland Holiday Matinee
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, December 17 - 3PM

Guest Conductor Francesco Milioto makes his debut with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for their very family-friendly Winter Wonderland Holiday Concert returning to its 3PM Saturday matinee time. Maestro will lead the orchestra in familiar favorites from The Nutcracker (featuring Ballet 5:8) along with Vivaldi's "Winter" from The Four Seasons along with other seasonal classics. In the second half, the orchestra will bring the music from the beloved children's book and movie, The Polar Express, to life. Special guests also include Mark Meier (Narrator), Joshua Litao (SYSO violin soloist), the Grande Prairie Singers and the Grande Prairie Children’s Choir.


TORN || Moody Church Artist Circle

Sunday, December 18 - 6PM

A collaborative arts program presented by The Moody Church Artist Circle.

The story of Mary and Joseph has been told in Christmas pageants and performances for generations, yet often missing the heavy and visceral implications that such a miraculous pregnancy carried. TORN, an original drama and ballet performance, will tell the story of Mary and Joseph in a mondern-day setting, featuring Anna Marlow as Mary and Ethan Butler as Joseph. Just as Joseph needed to be reminded of the truth of Jesus’ purpose, so we need to remember His presence and purpose in our lives when faced with our own dilemmas.