More visions of sugarplums

Take a break from the madding holiday crowd with some local performances.

Sticking closer to home for the holidays? On Saturday, Dec. 21 at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony celebrates the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, with a concert of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, sure to warm and lighten the heart. “Solstice” also includes a holiday medley featuring Kirke Mechem’s “The Seven Joys of Christmas.” The symphony will be joined by the Fairfield County Children’s Choir and the Connecticut Chamber Choir for the 8 p.m. concert,  910 Fairfield Ave.

For tickets and more, call 800-424-0160 or visit

Also on Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22, Connecticut Ballet presents four performances of its “The Nutcracker,” featuring guests from New York City Ballet (Dec. 21), along with stars of American Ballet Theatre (Dec. 22). They will alternate in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier.

These dancers will be joined by 105 children from a dozen dance schools and academies. Performances are at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford.

For tickets and more, call 203-325-4466 or visit

– Georgette Gouveia

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