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Ritz Theater in Scranton hosts Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker concert and toy drive on Nov. 27

Ritz Theater in Scranton hosts Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker concert and toy drive on Nov. 27
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From a press release:

The “Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker Suite” will bring a unique version of the iconic ballet music of “The Nutcracker” to downtown Scranton on one of the biggest holiday shopping days of the year, and it’s all for a good cause. This special concert and toy drive will benefit the Scranton Jazz Festival and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Under the direction of Marko Marcinko, the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band will perform the “Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker Suite” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s work reimagined by legendary jazz masters Shorty Rogers, Billy Strayhorn, and Duke Ellington – on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at The Ritz Theater (222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton). The event is made possible through a partnership between Scranton Tomorrow, the Scranton Jazz Festival, and Blu Elefante Events.

Tickets, which are $20 per person, are on sale now via ShowTix4U, and guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit children in need in the greater Scranton area. Tickets are also available at the box office in the lobby one hour before curtain. The Black Box Cafe in the Ritz building will open at 6 p.m. to serve food and concessions.

For more information, visit, call 570-252-4156, or email

This show is part of Scranton Tomorrow’s Light Up Downtown Scranton holiday campaign. Learn more about these activities and shopping promotions here.

Scranton Tomorrow is a volunteer-based organization whose members are as diverse as the greater Scranton community. Volunteers and supporters include business leaders, public officials, entrepreneurs, property owners, developers, educators, artists, and community partners, all united in a love for the city and a commitment to reach its greatest potential.

The Scranton Jazz Festival is an annual event that takes place in downtown Scranton on the first weekend of August. The main stage is located at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, and there is a “Jazz Walk” throughout numerous downtown Scranton venues. It is an authentic weekend of jazz, blues, world beat music, and more that has garnered international recognition for the cultural diversity and integrity it has brought to the region.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide excellence in the assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The center provides medical assessments and child forensic interviews for victims of abuse and neglect and coordinates a multidisciplinary team response to child abuse and neglect in Lackawanna and surrounding counties. It also provides child abuse prevention education to professionals and communities served.

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