Joffrey Nutcracker

I’ve been very much enjoying reprising my role as onstage accordion player with the Joffrey Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s gorgeous Chicago-specific Nutcracker. I play in an onstage trio with Renée-Paule Gauthier, violin, and Sergey Gutorov, clarinet, and we trade off with the orchestra throughout the party scene – which, in this staging, takes place just before the 1893 World’s Fair. It’s great fun to be playing beautiful music and performing alongside such amazing musician and dancers.

The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” (Photo by Cheryl Mann)