“The Birth of Rock and Roll” is a new ballet about the evolution of music and culture from the 1930s to 1950s, told through the eyes of a traveling musician, as danced by Peter Strand. Ballet Ariel presents the new work by director Ilena Norton. The ballet will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. in downtown Parker. The work will run later in the summer at the Arvada Center. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Scott Handler, will provide the music. Tickets start at $11, 303-805-6800, PACEcenteronline.
‘Broadway!’ offers show tunes
The Castle Rock Orchestra presents its Spring Concert, “Broadway!” at 3 p.m. May 5 at First United Methodist Church, 1200 South St., Castle Rock. Show tunes from “Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “West Side Story” and more are suitable for all ages. Admission: $5.
Patricia Richard, Civil War scholar and professor, will share a lighter side of the Civil War at 7 p.m. May 7 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. She will tell stories about advertisements placed by soldiers in many newspapers requesting correspondence with young women. As with Internet dating today, the correspondence sought fun, love or matrimony. Free. 303-795-3961.
Colorado Choir concert
Kelly Parmenter, choral and orchestral conductor at Arapahoe High School, will conduct the Colorado Choir’s Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. The a capella choir will perform J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, Priceless Treasure” and works by Britten, Christiansen and Franck. Tickets: $20/$15/$8: 303-388-4962, augustanaarts.org.
Writing group to meet
The Parker Writers Group meets with author Janet Wise presenting “Writing With Your Unique Voice” at 2-4 p.m. May 12 at Parker Library, 10851 Crossroads Drive, Parker. She started writing fiction while working in international development, living and working in six countries and traveling in over 30. Everyone is welcome — no registration is needed.
Rec-center art exhibits
South Suburban’s recreation centers feature temporary exhibitions by area artists during May. • Cathy Lester’s drawings of animals are at the Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. • Donna Lefferdo presents acrylics, watercolors and mixed media at Lone Tree Art Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle. • Sally Van der Kamp’s exhibit is called “Touch of Glass,” at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial.
ACC hosts free concerts
Arapahoe Community College Music Department hosts three free concerts in May in the Houstoun Waring Theater, M 2900. • ACC String Orchestra and ACC Chorus at 7 p.m. May 6. • ACC Jazz Ensemble directed by Cecil Lewis and the Affinity Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. May 10. • The ACC Spring Chorus Concert will be at 7 p.m. May 13. For information, contact Dr. Hidemi Matsushita, 303-797-5867, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pan Nation slated
Cherokee Ranch and Castle offers Pan Nation, musical Jambalaya of World Music from the Pan Steel Drum Ensemble with Tom Miller. Reservations ($60) include castle tour, buffet dinner, concert and coffee and dessert with the band. 303-688-4600. Check the website for other programs, including bird hikes, at cherokeeranch.org.