George Balanchine (1904-83) was called the Father of American Ballet for good reason. As director of the New York City Ballet for 30 seasons, he had a profound effect on many dancers, including Ballet Arizona artistic director Ib Anderson, who worked under Balanchine.
The four-day Balanchine Festival consists of two full-length programs showcasing six of the choreographer’s works, with Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bellini and Stravinsky performed by the Phoenix Symphony.
>> The Balanchine Festival takes place 8 p.m. Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Symphony Hall, 225 E. Adams St., Phoenix. $12-$102. (602) 381-1096