I have been a professional violist for over ten years now. Somehow (SOMEHOW), I have managed to make it until tonight without playing The Nutcracker. This is a truly unprecedented feat. A violist going ten years without playing the Nutcracker is like a fireman going ten years without going to a car crash. It's insane.
But tonight, the streak ended. A colleague called in sick, and I got the call to fill in.
It turns out the Nutcracker is pretty good! Hee.