By Gioia Patton

Take a friend with you to see one of these great performances recommended by our Arts Insider.

Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet’s final production of their 2015/16 season is completely dedicated to the incomparable artistry of George Balanchine (born in St. Petersburg, Russia,1904-1983). Known as the father of American ballet, Balanchine took the standards and technique from his education at the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement that he adopted during his tenure as a guest choreographer on Broadway and in Hollywood, creating his signature neoclassical style. Balanchine was a choreographer who expressed music with dance and worked extensively with leading composers of his time such as Igor Stravinsky.

Performance repertoire includes:
Western Symphony
Music orchestrated by Hershy Kay, based on traditional American melodies

Concerto Barocco
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, B.W.V.

Kammermusik No. 2
Music by Paul Hindemith, Kammermusik No. 2. Costume and scenic design by Louisville-based visual artist Chris Radtke.

WHEN: April 8 and 9, various performances
WHERE: The Brown Theatre
TICKETS: start @ $35
CONTACT: 502.584.7777, the box office in person (walk up or drive thru) or the Kentucky Center.

Anthony Philip Heinrich & The Dawning of Music in Kentucky
Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series
Locust Grove Historic Home

The Locust Grove Chamber Musicians present an afternoon of early Kentucky and Appalachian music that includes pieces by Heinrich, Mozart, and traditional Scots-Irish composers. This series from Locust Grove offers concertgoers an opportunity to delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it.

WHEN: April 10, 5:30-7pm (refreshments @ 5pm)
WHERE: Locust Grove’s Great Parlor (second floor)
CONTACT: 502.897.9845

Motown the Musical
PNC Broadway in Louisville

Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and more. Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as My Girl, You’re All I Need To Get By, Dancing In the Street, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, this musical tells the story behind the hits as the whole Motown family fights against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

WHEN: April 12-17, various performances
WHERE: Kentucky Center
TICKETS: start @ $31.25
CONTACT: 502.584.7777, box office in person (walk up or drive thru) or the Kentucky Center. For groups of 10 or more, contact 502.569.3060.