DENVER (Nov. 10, 2020) – Beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, Rocky Mountain PBS will air a special holiday broadcast of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker, presented by PNC Bank.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many performing arts organizations around the nation, Colorado Ballet is unable to perform The Nutcracker at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House this season, resulting in the loss of all ticketing revenue from this annual holiday production.
“While we are disappointed that we cannot gather together in the theatre this season to experience our beloved holiday tradition in person, we are delighted to present ‘The Nutcracker’ on Rocky Mountain PBS for you to view with your family from the safety of your home,” said Colorado Ballet Director Gil Boggs. “During these challenging times, we hope that being able to enjoy this annual tradition will bring viewers joy and comfort.”
The Nutcracker will air on PBS on the following dates and times:
- Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.
- Nov. 27, at 3 p.m.
- Dec. 18, at 9 p.m.
- Dec. 19, at 1 a.m.
- Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
- Dec. 25, at midnight
“Rocky Mountain PBS is grateful for the opportunity to share the joy of the holiday season through the honored tradition of ‘The Nutcracker,’” said Amanda Mountain, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media. “Rocky Mountain Public Media is committed to supporting the arts through our ongoing programs and initiatives, and support is particularly important during this time, as arts organizations search for unique ways to engage the community.”
While Colorado Ballet is currently unable to present full-length productions in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the organization remains committed to its mission of presenting exceptional classical ballet and contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement. Visit coloradoballet.org to learn more about what the organization is doing to retain its world-class dancers and staff during these challenging times.
This presentation of The Nutcracker on Rocky Mountain PBS is made possible by PNC Bank, with additional support provided by Genesee Mountain Foundation, Colorado Athletic Club, David and Mary Ellen Wright and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
“PNC Bank has a legacy of enriching our communities through philanthropic support of the arts and we are thrilled to support Colorado Ballet with this year’s virtual ‘The Nutcracker’ performance,” said Ryan Beiser, PNC regional president and head of corporate banking for Denver. “While we wish we could enjoy this annual holiday performance in person, we know the broadcast performance will positively impact the arts and culture community and we look forward to bringing this iconic show to homes across the state of Colorado.”
For information about how to access the Rocky Mountain PBS channel in a specific area, please visit http://www.rmpbs.org/channels/. The production also may be streamed at no cost any time throughout the holiday season on the Rocky Mountain PBS app, downloadable at https://www.rmpbs.org/pbs-video-app/.
For more details on the performance and images, please visit http://bit.ly/COBalletNutcrackerRMPBS2020.
About Rocky Mountain Public Media
Rocky Mountain Public Media (RMPM) is Colorado’s largest statewide, member-supported, multimedia organization and the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), KUVO JAZZ and THE DROP. Rocky Mountain Public Media has more than 90,000 members representing every county in Colorado and reaches 98 percent of the state’s citizens through television, radio and digital platforms. A non-commercial media organization by and for the people of Colorado, RMPM creates high-quality local and multimedia content through Regional Innovation Centers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction and Pueblo. RMPBS, started in Denver in 1956 as Colorado's first public television station, is now a statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). In its 35th year, KUVO JAZZ broadcasts jazz, blues, and a lineup of locally produced diverse music programs. Launched in 2019, THE DROP is the People’s Station for R&B and Hip Hop.
In 2020, RMPM relocated to the Buell Public Media Center. For information about the Center, RMPBS, KUVO JAZZ and THE DROP, visit the media kit.
About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
About Colorado Ballet
Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 60 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company serving over 100,000 national and international patrons, Colorado Ballet presents 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000 seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 32 professional dancers and 21 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance, a 35,000 square foot building, boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically-acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy serves over 1,200 students from toddlers to seniors each year. Colorado Ballet’s Education & Community Engagement offers programs to students and community members, making over 25,000 contacts and reaching over 200 schools and organizations annually. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses including youth, families, teachers, and people with and without disabilities. For more information please visit coloradoballet.org.