Charleston Gaillard Center & Charleston Symphony Present

Dueling Nutcrackers
Featuring the Charleston Symphony and Charlton Singleton & The Beehive Jazz Orchestra

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Two orchestras. One stage.

Charlton Singleton and The Beehive Orchestra join the Charleston Symphony onstage for one night only. Curated by Grammy Award winner Charlton Singleton and the CSO’s Associate Conductor Kellen Gray, the night celebrates premier jazz musicians Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and their arrangements of your favorite “hits” from The Nutcracker. You’ll delight in their arrangement of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, which has been transformed into “Sugar Rum Cherry.” And dance in your seat during the “Peanut Brittle Brigade,” a reimagination of The Nutcracker’s March. 

Featuring special guest appearances by Grammy Award-winning vocalist, composer, and lyricist, Quiana Parler, Grammy Award-winning percussionist, Quentin Baxter, and Grammy Award-winning bassist, Kevin Hamilton.  

Program highlights include:

“Sugar Rum Cherry”

“Peanut Brittle Brigade”

“The Christmas Song”

“Let It Snow”

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

“Santa Baby” (performed by Quiana Parler)

And more!

Celebrate the holidays with your favorite symphony and Grammy Award-winning Charleston legends! 


  • “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland 
  • Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Chestnuts Roasting Over an Open Fire
  • Santa Baby
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Intermission
  • “Overture” from The Nutcracker 
  • “Overture” from The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz Band
  • “Trepak” (Russian Dance) from The Nutcracker 
  • “Volga Vouty” from The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz Band
  • “Dance of the Mirlitons” from The Nutcracker
  • “Sugar Rum Cherry” from The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz Band
  • “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker
  • “Dance of the Floreadors” from The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz Band
  • “March” from The Nutcracker
  • “Peanut Brittle Brigade” from The Nutcracker Suite for Jazz Band
  • Sounds of the Holiday Season 

*Program subject to change. 

Please note: Row DD will be the front row for this performance.