Performances of Ellington will be held Dec. 13-14.
Under the musical direction of David Berger, this holiday presentation, according to press notes, will include "excerpts from Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite, featuring jazz interpretations of the original Tchaikovsky composition arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and an excerpt from Ellington’s Sacred Music Concert. With narration by actor Norm Lewis, the two-part program will also feature singers and Priscilla Baskerville, tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, a mass gospel choir of over 50 voices, and Dance Theatre of Harlem."
Tickets, priced $35-$65, will go on sale July 14 at The Apollo Theater Box Office, (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
Visit apollotheater.org for more information about the upcoming season.