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Best bets for Sunday spins from ‘Nutcracker’ to Beethoven and zoo ceremony for veterans

Chicago dancer Arion Tanabe teams with Midwest Ballet Theatre dancer Anna Zabiegly of Lemont in the Arabian roles in MBT’s “The Nutcracker.” The holiday classic returns to the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove from now through Nov. 18.
Chicago dancer Arion Tanabe teams with Midwest Ballet Theatre dancer Anna Zabiegly of Lemont in the Arabian roles in MBT’s “The Nutcracker.” The holiday classic returns to the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove from now through Nov. 18.

The menu of entertainment for Sunday ranges from a “Nutcracker” favorite in Downers Grove to classical music fireworks in Elmhurst with a guest artist from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to Veterans Day observances at Brookfield Zoo, which offers free admission to service members.

‘Nutcracker’ leaps onto stage
For almost two decades, Midwest Ballet Theatre, a nonprofit, semi-professional ballet company in Downers Grove, has produced a highly acclaimed, classical version of “The Nutcracker.” The holiday favorite returns at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from now through Nov. 18, in the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The full-length ballet will be danced by the young talent of Midwest Ballet Theatre and MBT alumnae. Guest artists will be April Daly and Mauro Villanueva, both principal dancers with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, returning to the Tivoli stage in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Arion Tanabe and Antoinette Klimek, freelance ballet dancers from Chicago, will dance the Snow pas de deux along with other roles. Downers Grove actor Fred Zimmerman appears as Herr Drosselmeyer. Choreography is by artistic director Mim Eichmann. Cast members are from Downers Grove, Darien, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Itasca, Willowbrook, Lombard, Lemont, Chicago and Wheaton. Tickets cost $14 to $16. Call (630) 971-9751 or visit www.midwestballet.org.

Zoo offers free visit to veterans
Veterans can enjoy their special day for free at Brookfield Zoo (valid identification is required). A ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Veterans Day, when a memorial wreath is laid at the Roosevelt Fountain. Patriotic music will be sung by The Arlingtones, and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School color guard will take part. Enjoy the animals at zoo chats starting at 11 a.m. Brookfield Zoo is at 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield. For details on regular admission fees, call (708) 688-8000 or visit czs.org.

Symphony to salute Beethoven
The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Stephen Alltop, presents a concert with Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpet star John Hagstrom and Stanger Young Artist Audition winner Susie Lee, a high school junior in Naperville. “Heroic Beethoven” begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 Brush Hill Road. The ESO welcomes the return of Hagstrom, an Elmhurst native and CSO member, playing Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat. Maintaining an active schedule of outreach and solo performances, he will participate in The ESO Fanfare Project, in which young area brass players prepare a commissioned fanfare composed by Terry Everson to play alongside ESO musicians at this concert. Stanger Audition winner Susie Lee performs a movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor by Saint-Saëns, and Beethoven’s music will add heroic highlights to the day, beginning with the “Coriolan Overture” and concluding with Symphony No. 3 in E-flat (“Eroica”). Audience members are invited to learn more about the music at a free concert preview with Ted Hatmaker at 1:45 p.m. in the upper level Gathering Room of the church. Concert doors and the box office open at 2:15 p.m. Tickets cost $29 for adults, and $7 for students, and the newly reinstituted senior ticket costs $27. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more cost $25 each. A single concert family ticket for $65 will admit two adults and up to three students. Purchase tickets by visiting the ESO website at www.elmhurstsymphony.org or by calling the symphony box office at (630) 941-0202.

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