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The Nutcracker at Zoellner!


December 2019 – with full orchestra and chorus for “Waltz of the Snowflakes”

Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director

Eugene Albulescu, Music Director

We are extremely happy to announce that Principal Dancer Devon Teuscher and Soloist Alexandre Hammoudi, both with American Ballet Theatre, will be dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier, respectively, for this year’s Nutcracker production. For more information about our guests, please click the following link: Guest Artists – Nutcracker 2019

Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. For tickets and more information, scroll down this page.
















School Reservation Form – Nutcracker & Peter Pan – 2019-2020

  • Wednesday, December 11, 10 am
  • Thursday, December 12, 9:45 am & 12:30 pm
  • Friday, December 13, 10 am



Tickets for the public performances are now on sale via the Zoellner Arts Center’s website. For direct access to each performance, please click on the link following each day and time. 

  • Saturday, December 14, 1:00 p.m. Click here
  • Saturday, December 14, 4:30 pm. Click here
  • Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m. Click here


Zoellner Arts Center Ticket Services

Hours of operation: Tuesday 12:00-6:00 p.m., Wednesday thru Friday 12:00-5:00 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to curtain for ticketed events. 610-758-2787, ext 0


Nutcracker Program Advertising

If your business would like to place an advertisement in our 2019 Nutcracker program, please download the form here: Program Advertising Order Form – Nutcracker 2019

To view a copy of the beautiful souvenir 50th Anniversary 2018 Nutcracker program as printed by Christmas City Printing, please click the following link: Program – Nutcracker 2018




Peter Pan, The Ballet


Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University


Public Performance – Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

School Performance – Friday, May 29, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.

School Reservation Form – Nutcracker & Peter Pan – 2019-2020



Past performances

Spring Ballet 2019 – Coppelia

Click here to read an article about our production in The Bethlehem Press!

The BGLV/PYB annual spring ballet was presented at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center on the evening of May 31, 2019, with choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr, and included an original puppet by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre.  One of the best-loved comedic ballets, Coppélia is an enchanting tale about a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates.  When a village boy becomes infatuated with the doll (thinking it’s a real girl!), his fiancée becomes unhappy. The ensuing mix-ups and misunderstandings between the two young lovers sets the stage for plenty of hilarity.  With colorful costumes and joyful dancing, this ballet was a delightful treat for both young and old alike!  Coppélia features the beautiful music of Léo Delibes, a French composer of the Romantic era, who specialized in ballets, operas, and other stage works. He influenced some of the greatest composers, among them Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Drigo.




-Photos by Hub Willson-


Appalachian Spring Suite with Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Copland’s timeless music was performed by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra with seventeen Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers on stage at Miller Symphony Hall in February 2019. The concert featured new choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr.

You can read about the concert here: Morning Call Article – Appalachian Spring Concert – Feb 2019




2018 Spring Ballet

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods”

At Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University – Friday, June 1, 2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a ballet about the transforming power of love, is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. It features the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer of the Romantic era, who excelled in all aspects of music. A child prodigy, he wrote the overture to this work when he was only 17 years old.

“The Enchanted Woods” is a new comedic ballet, featuring beloved fairy tale characters and their hilarious misadventures as they stroll through the woods. With original music composed by Music Director Eugene Albulescu, Artistic Director Karen Knerr has choreographed this especially for Pennsylvania Youth Ballet students.