Starting today until Dec. 13 — when George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker marks Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet’s first foray into over 550 movie theaters nationally, hosted by Kelly Ripa — we will be sharing stories of New York City Ballet principal dancers who will be participating in this classic performance. Be sure to tune into PBS on Dec. 14 when George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is broadcasted live by the Emmy Award-winning Live from Lincoln Center team, hosted by School of American Ballet board member Chelsea Clinton.
Yesterday, Bakersfield Californian reporter Camille Gavin mentioned Tiler Peck in her article:
“Local fans have a chance to see Bakersfield native Tiler Peck, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, in a performance of “The Nutcracker.”
One of the largest groups attending the show on Tuesday evening at Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14 is bound to be students of Tiler’s mother, Georgia Peck, owner of Bakersfield Academy of Dance.
“I’m hoping to get a block of tickets and maybe we’ll have a pizza party before the show,” Georgia said. “There should be about 30 of my students going and some of their parents, too — so about 40 in all or maybe even 50.”
Tiler will perform the solo role of Marzipan to the music of “Dance of the Reed Pipes,” a part of the suite by Tchaikovsky.The ballet was choreographed by George Balanchine.
Television personality Kelly Ripa will interview some of the dancers backstage during intermission. Since it is a live performance, it’s not known whether Tiler will be one of those interviewed.”
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For someone who once shunned the spotlight, Chelsea Clinton will be on TV a lot next week.
As part of her gradual emergence as a more public figure, Ms. Clinton will make her premiere on Monday as an NBC News special correspondent. Her first contribution involved traveling to her home state, Arkansas, to profile Annette Dove, who runs an afterschool program for underprivileged children in Pine Bluff.
The segment on Ms. Dove will be shown on the NBC newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” as part of the network’s “Making a Difference” franchise.
In an interview with The New York Times on Friday, Ms. Clinton said she hoped to use the NBC job to expand on the experiences she had campaigning for her mother in 2008.
On the campaign trail, Hillary Rodham Clinton promoted afterschool programs, though not specifically Ms. Dove’s, and visited similar organizations in places like Appalachia, the Watts section of Los Angeles and Iowa.
“In my work at NBC specifically, I hope to highlight stories of people who are both making a positive difference in their communities and our world,” Ms. Clinton said.
Ms. Clinton will also appear on PBS stations across the country next Wednesday, when she hosts Lincoln Center’s live broadcast of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” The Christmas-season staple will also be broadcast to active-duty military troops through the American Forces Network.
A longtime ballerina, Ms. Clinton played Favorite Aunt in the Washington Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” She sits on the board of the School of American Ballet.
The appointment of Ms. Clinton to a three-month trial position at NBC brought criticism that she got the job only because of her famous parents. Others grumbled that trained journalists had lost out on news positions to big-name novices like Ms. Clinton; Jenna Bush Hager, another former first daughter, who is a “Today” show correspondent; and Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, who is an MSNBC contributor.
Steve Capus, president of NBC News, called the criticism “silly.”
“We’ve been on a hiring spree of some of the best journalists in the world and at the end of that we hired Chelsea Clinton as a freelance correspondent,” he said in an interview in his Rockefeller Center office about Ms. Clinton’s arrival. “There’s a lot of work to go around.”