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Ballet in the garden

November 11, 2010
The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens joins Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in celebrating the holidays with "Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes: A Night of Nutcracker in the Garden" on Dec. 3.

The conservatory's Winter Flower Show will serve as the backdrop for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker," and vignettes from "The Nutcracker" will be performed at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Special Events Hall. For the occasion, Cafe Phipps will be offering wine, pastries and "Nutcracker"-themed fare.

The shows are free with admission to Phipps. The show seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre also will offer Phipps guests a special $35 ticket offer for the "The Nutcracker" in zones 4 and 5, with seats in the orchestra.

Built by Henry W. Phipps, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens opened in 1893.

The Winter Flower Show is running Nov. 26 through Jan. 9 and features snowmen made of white garden flowers, hanging baskets and evergreens. The South Conservatory, part of the original 1893 glasshouse, will feature five miniature trains, including the world's first N-scale garden railroad on display.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is a community-based professional ballet company that performs traditional and contemporary ballets and develops new works.

For tickets to "The Nutcracker," call (412) 456-6666 or visit the Theater Square Box Office or

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