JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Enter the magical world of childlike imagination at one of Jacksonville’s greatest holiday traditions.

The First Coast Nutcracker showcases internationally renowned principal dancers Joseph Phillips from the American Ballet Theatre and Irina Sapozhnikova, who is an acclaimed "Young Ballet Dancer of the World," our area’s finest young dance corps and Tchaikovsky’s best-loved melodies played by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Butterman conducts the orchestra, and Rhonda Stampalia is choreographer.

There will be four performances in the Moran Theatre of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts:  8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket prices: $18-$50. Call 904-354-5547 or log on to JaxSymphony.org for more information.

Symphony Toy Drive with The Salvation Army

Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys from Dec. 3- 15 to any Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performances for a child in need.  Bring new, unwrapped toys and receive a voucher for two tickets to a select upcoming Jacksonville Symphony concert in return for their generosity (one voucher per household).

For the past seven years, Jacksonville Symphony patrons have joined with The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Forgotten Angels programs to collect toy donations.  Patrons have brought smiles to the faces of nearly 1,000 children and their families each season.