The Masters Program with the PBT Orchestra

  • Date: Apr 14 - Apr 16, 2023
  • Venue: Benedum Center

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon, Jorma Elo and George Balanchine | Music: György Ligeti, Jean Sibelius, Pyotr I. Tchiakovsky

Marvel at three works from award-winning choreographers who are considered masters of ballet, featuring pure classical dancing at its best with contemporary twists that go where no choreographer has gone before. Polyphonia, which is widely regarded as Tony-award-winning Christopher Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary work, showcases modern choreography with an understanding of the past. Dancers move at the speed of light while articulating the body in perfect harmony with music by Jean Sibelius in Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash. Plus, see why George Balanchine is hailed as the father of 20th century dance in Theme and Variations, which features a classic Tchaikovsky score, theme and 12 variations, culminating in a polonaise.

Artist: David O’Matz | Photo: Duane Rieder

Performance Times

  • Friday, April 14, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 15, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 16, 2023 – 2 p.m.

Theater Programs

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Virtual Preview  |  April 5 |  5:30 p.m.   

Join choreographer Jorma Elo* on Facebook Live to hear about his high-speed and dynamic 1st Flash.



Director’s Cut  | Friday, April 14  |  6:30 p.m. 

Choreographer Jorma Elo* (1st Flash) and répétiteurs Michele Gibson** (Polyphonia) and Judith Fugate (Theme and Variations) join PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney to discuss the production. No registration necessary.


Artist Q & A |   Saturday, April 15  |  after the performance

PBT dancers take your questions after the show. No registration necessary.

Curtain Up!  |   Sunday, April 16  |  1 p.m. 

This program begins with the audience watching the last few minutes of company class on stage – an enlightening way to begin your theater experience! We’ll also talk with PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney and guest conductor Ormsby Wilkins. No registration necessary.

Audio-described Performance |   Sunday, April 16  |  2 p.m.

Live narration of the performance for those with blindness or vision impairment, or for anyone who’d like to listen! No registration necessary.

*Photo: Liza Voll; ** Photo:

PBT Connects programs presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.