The Worcester Music Festival, the oldest music festival in the US, is responsible for bringing music and dance to Central Massachusetts. Celebrating its 150th anniversary season, Music Worcester has an exciting season coming up.

Porgy & Bess

Watch as love, murder, and hope all unfold in Michael Capasso’s production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Porgy, a crippled man living in the quaint Catfish Row, falls in love with Bess, a beautiful but troubled woman. Their story unfolds through music with heavy blues and jazz influences mixed with the classical theatrics of opera. This brand new production features riveting choreography and glamorous costumes under the direction of Charles Randolph-Wright. Don’t miss this performance of America’s most beloved opera, with an all African American cast of sensational performers. Tickets: $50, $45, $42, $39; Saturday, March 27 & 28 at 8pm.

Once Upon A Dream

The classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, comes to life through the artistry and poise of ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky. The Moscow Festival Ballet brings lavish sets, beautiful costumes, and superbly gifted dancers to the stage, as they tell the classic tale of good triumphing over evil through a single kiss. Sleeping Beauty, is an excellent (and universally known) ballet to initiate the ‘ballet-phobe’ or bring the kiddos.  Choreographer Marius Petipa, incorporates traditional ballet style with interpretive storytelling; making full use of the dramatic potential of classical ballet. Tickets: $50, $45, $42, $39; Tuesday, April 6 at 8pm.

Hot Horn

Award winning trumpeter (and one of  People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in ‘04) Chris Botti, will be at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 15. Botti and his band have performed with various symphonies at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Botti has performed and recorded with the best in the biz including: Frank Sinatra, Josh Groban, Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer and even Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler. Discover his cross over style in an evening of extraordinary music. Tickets: $45-$60; Saturday, May 15 at 8pm.

All shows are at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts-2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-SHOW.

Compiled by Lisa Denoncourt