Spring Mix with the PBT Orchestra

  • Date: Apr 5 - Apr 7, 2024
  • Venue: Benedum Center

Choreography: George Balanchine, Jae Man Joo, Yoshiaki Nakano, Helen Pickett | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky, Philip Glass, Thomas Montgomery Newman and Max Bruch.

Our spring mixed repertory program will be fresh as a daisy, featuring pieces selected by Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney, including the commissioned world premiere of When Time Stands Still by Pittsburgh-based choreographer and Princess Grace Award Recipient Jae Man Joo, and the world premiere of Violin Pas de Deux by PBT Principal Artist and Choreographer-in-Residence Yoshiaki Nakano. Also lighting up the Benedum stage will be the vibrant colors and high energy of Helen Pickett’s sparkling Petal and the exhilarating piece George Balanchine declared “everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes,” his exuberant and joyous Allegro Brillante.


Artists: Lucius Kirst and Tommie Lin O’Hanlon | Photography: Rieder Photography

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Performance Times

Friday, April 5, 2024 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – 2:00 PM

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 7, 2024 – 2:00 PM

Theater Programs

Spring Mix Audience Guide! Find information about the background, context, music and costumes for the ballets!

Expand your experience at the ballet with these free PBT Education programs, open to all ticket holders!

Opening Night Preview  |   Friday, April 5 | 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an illuminating conversation with Petal choreographer Helen Pickett and Zippora Karz, répétiteur for Allegro Brillante.



Artist Q&A  |  Friday, April 5  |  after the performance

Chat with artists Madeline Gradle, Ariana Chernyshev and Jacob Miller about their roles in the performance, their experience in the creation of world premieres and more.






Director’s Cut  |  Saturday, April 6  |  6:30 p.m.

Preview the performance with PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney.




Artist Q&A  |  Saturday, April 6  |  after the 7:30 p.m. performance

Chat with Principal Artist and choreographer of Violin Pas de Deux Yoshiaki Nakano, and artists Jessica McCann, William Moore, Christian García Campos and Jonathan Breight.






Curtain Up!  |  Sunday, April 7 |  1 p.m.

The program begins with a special opportunity to watch the last few minutes of company class; then we’ll be joined by Jae Man Joo, choreographer of When Time Stands Still, for a preview of his world premiere work. Joo is an international choreographer, a 2009 Princess Grace Choreographer Award winner, a former Associate Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and a former principal dancer at Ballet Hispanico and Complexions. He is currently an assistant ballet professor at Point Park University.


For all of these programs we’ll be in the Orchestra level (first floor) of the theater; no registration needed.