The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
Helmed by music director and conductor Scott Terrell, the Philharmonic presents more than 150 concerts and educational programs each year, featuring classical pieces, newer compositions, and well-known guest artists. “Home for the Holidays” is a one-night-only concert of sacred and secular holiday favorites, presented in collaboration with the Lexington Singers, the Diana Evans Dancers, the Scott County High School Brass, the Lexington Catholic High School Choir, the SCAPA Chorus, and the Alluring Handbell Ensemble. In addition, LEX 18 Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck will narrate ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, bringing calm to all stirring creatures and back-sheared anvils.
Wielding quality ingredients and a dedication to the gourmet ethos, LA Gourmet Pizza’s staff serves up steaming, toothsome pizzas and Italian-style dishes. Pizzas sport house-made marinara, daily-made dough, and gooey mozzarella cheese. Sample chef-created specials, such as the loaded LA Supreme pizza ($7.99 for a small), which staggers mightily under the weight of hamburger, peppers, and pepperoni, among a cavalcade of other toppings. Calzones de-flatten pizzas and wrap them into a handy package that’s easily enjoyed while scuba diving, and includes sauce, cheese, and a choice of two toppings ($5.49 for a small). Dispatch forks into the dining fray by twirling pasta dishes ($5.49 each), served with a garlic breadstick. A dynamic duo of marinara or alfredo sauce cloaks modest fettuccine or penne noodles, and pasta noshers can add additional accessories, from meatballs to broccoli, to the lavish ensemble for $1.
Held at the Downtown Arts Center, the Lexington Ballet's production of The Haunted features a spooky musical score from some of history's great composers and modern-day horror flicks. The world premiere of this brand-new ballet, composed by the Ballet's artistic director Luis Dominguez, is a Halloween-inspired interpretation of global ghost stories. Sunday is family day at the ballet, and children who come costume-dressed to impress will be rewarded with a sweet treat after the performance.