Thursday’s pick: Martha Graham Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company performs “Appalachian Spring” to Aaron Copland’s score of the same name. JOHN DEANE

Martha Graham Dance Company performs “Appalachian Spring” to Aaron Copland’s score of the same name. JOHN DEANE

Dancemaker Martha Graham, who died in 1991 at age 97, left a legacy as one of the most groundbreaking artistic innovators of the 20th century.

Graham shaped modern dance as we understand it today and her creative influence is often compared to how Pablo Picasso reinvented painting or how Frank Lloyd Wright did the same for architecture. It’s been several years since the company founded by the choreographer has performed in Austin.

Now, the Martha Graham Dance Company returns with a program of some of Graham’s signature dances including Graham’s seminal “Appalachian Spring” from 1944 that features Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning score of the same name.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday. Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas campus. $36-$45. 512-471-1441, www.texasperformingarts.org.


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