Arts Weekly

2:45pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Rite Of Spring: Still Edgy After All These Years

It’s perhaps the most influential ballet ever performed. A hundred years ago, “The Rite of Spring” was first staged.   The Igor Stravinsky composition redefined dance and sparked a revolution in music that still influences composers…whether classical or not.  Joseph Allison is a music historian at Eastern Kentucky University, a big fan of Stravinsky and completely enamored with “The Rite of Spring.” 

Saturday evening inside the Lexington Opera House, “The Rite of Spring” is performed by the Lexington Ballet.

10:58pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Lexington Philharmonic Show Will Go On

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The Lexington Philharmonic show goes on this  evening at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center.  A strike by the local musician union has been averted.  Both sides agreed to continue their current contract, but differences still stand in the way of a long term agreement.

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9:45am

Fri September 13, 2013
Arts Weekly

Singer-Songwriter Joe Crookston Makes Kentucky Debut

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The latest concert in the series being called the Redgate Sessions is this coming week in Somerset, Kentucky. In May, the series, organized by promoter George Linn, brought singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis back to the region. This month’s show features an Ohio native who’s never played in the Commonwealth. Joe Crookston sings, writes songs and plays a long list of instruments in a folk music style.  Crookston tells Arts Weekly’s John Hingsbergen that, like a lot of other performers, he prefers to not be pigeon-holed.

WEKU's John Hingsbergen interviews singer/songwriter Joe Crookston.

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12:00pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Arts Weekly

Bourbon Barrels Prized As Artistic Canvases

Barrels arrive for 2013 Bourbon Barrel Art Project.
Credit Kentucky Barbecue Festival

Bourbon barrels are on the auction block, not for their contents but as objet d’art.   The barrels are decorated and then sold during the state Barbecue Festival in Danville.  33 bourbon barrels are entered in this weekend’s fundraiser.

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10:04am

Fri September 6, 2013
Arts Weekly

Celebrating An American Victory In Music

Adam Schoenberg, following the world premiere of American Symphony.
Credit Vanessa Maldenado / adamschoenberg.com

The life of modern composers is not easy.  Orchestras usually perform their music alongside masterworks from composers like Mozart or Hayden or Copland.  That’s because most audiences only want to hear great works.  Mostly likely, they’ll patiently endure a new piece that took months, if not years, to perfect.  It’s an experience felt by Composer Adam Schoenberg, as he created his American Symphony.


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12:31pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Arts Weekly

Balagula Theatre puts God on Trial

A community forum discussing the issues raised by The Trial of God will take place Thursday June 13 at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington

A fictional drama, based on a historical event is spawning a community forum including local religious leaders.  A Lexington group is the first to stage “The Trial of God” in the Commonwealth.  The forum is being held to foster an interfaith dialogue about the issues raised by the controversial play.

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3:01pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Arts Weekly

Ky professor discusses poetry of Thomas Merton

Dr. Maureen Morehead spoke about the poetry of Thomas Merton during the Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University.

Earlier this month, the final Chautauqua Lecture of the year at Eastern Kentucky University featured The Poetry of Thomas Merton.   Until his accidental death in 1968, the Roman Catholic monk lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery near Bardstown. 

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2:19pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Arts Weekly

Former Rep Chandler set to direct Humanities Council

Former Rep. Ben Chandler becomes Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council this summer.

For 21 years, Ben Chandler served Kentuckians in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This summer, he’ll find find himself in a new role, as he says, "telling Kentucky’s story" as Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.  We spoke this week with Mr.Chandler about the position he assumes on July 1st.

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12:30pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Arts Weekly

Barn at Redgate to host new concert series in Somerset

Pierce Pettis performs Friday evening May 17 at the Barn at Redgate.

A new series of concerts kicks off in Somerset next weekend.   Singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis will open The Red Gate Sessions on Friday evening May 17.

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6:00am

Fri May 10, 2013
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Ties in "The Great Gatsby"

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If not in the movie, at least in the book, Kentucky figures prominently in “The Great Gatsby.”  Another movie based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterwork is released this weekend.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, dusted off his college copy, and discussed it with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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11:59am

Fri May 3, 2013
Arts Weekly

Restaurant, Restrooms and the Rest for Art Lovers

"Stargate," by Lexington Artist Dan Barnes, now on display at the Kentucky Artisans Center in Berea.

A decade ago, just off I-75 in Berea, the Commonwealth launched an experiment in marketing.  It built the Kentucky Artisan Center and stocked its shelves with locally made products.  The center has since been a stop for travelers seeking arts and crafts, a meal and a clean restroom.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports.

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6:15am

Fri May 3, 2013
Arts Weekly

Documents Describe Alleged Mismanagement at EKU Arts Center

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Accustomed to theaters and museums..reporter Rich Copley found himself in a different venue recently…a courtroom.  Rich, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, won access to public documents describing alleged mismanagement at the EKU Center for the Arts.  Those allegations eventually resulted in the resignation of center director Debra Hoskins.  He spoke with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.

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12:30pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Arts Weekly

KY Bach Choir presents Spring Concert of Bach & Handel

The Kentucky Bach Choir is getting ready for its spring concert with performance of the music of Bach and Handel. The group was founded in 2007 as the Lexington Bach Choir.  London, Kentucky native Marlon Hurst became artistic director in 2009 when choir founder Richard Sowers took a job out of state.  

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6:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
Arts Weekly

Kentucky Native Michael Shannon Appearing in TV, Movies, Theater

Michael Shannon, Left
Credit Jim Bridges

Kentucky has spawned its fair share of Hollywood actors….from Patricia Neal to Jennifer Lawrence, and now, Michael Shannon.  The Lexington native cancelled an appearance this weekend at the Kentucky Theater, but Shannon’s newest film still opens there.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about this weekend’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Public Library Hosts Victorian Inspired Gala

Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus
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The latest in Tween-literature is recreated this weekend by the Lexington Public Library.  “Night Circus” author Erin Morgenstern helps in a fundraiser at Red Mile’s Round Barn.  Here with a preview of it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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6:00am

Fri April 12, 2013
Arts Weekly

Several Prestigious Acts to be Inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

It seems earning a place in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame takes a while.  It’s probably because the Commonwealth possesses a deep pool of musical talent.  The Hall has its induction ceremony tonight at the Lexington Center.  Here with a preview of it and the weekend’s other events is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader

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1:22pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Arts Weekly

KY Shakespeare brings Julius Caesar to Hazard

Young people and others in Hazard will be treated to a performance of Shakespeare next week. John Hingsbergen reports that Kentucky Shakespeare, based in Louisville, is bringing Julius Caesar to the Hazard Community and Technical College.

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6:00am

Fri April 5, 2013
Arts Weekly

Spring Takes Off with Keeneland, The Odd Couple and Pianolust!

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Marking spring in much of the Bluegrass, a series of arts and cultural events is set for this weekend.  When it comes to such events, reporter Rich Copley says the big kahuna is Keeneland’s spring race meet.  Rich covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

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12:36pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Arts Weekly

Enso String Quartet and Boston Brass in Danville

Enso String Quartet
Credit Christina Hurst

Born out of a "class assignment" at Yale University, the Enso String Quartet now performs almost half a year touring the country and internationally. They team up with the Boston Brass to present an evening of music on the theme of the story of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Prokofiev, Berstein and Elvis Costello. WEKU's Roger Duvall spoke with cellist Richard Belcher. 

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12:12pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Arts Weekly

Messiah as Handel intended

The WEKU stations present a broadcast of the March 17th performance of Handel's Messiah by the chamber choir of Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare.

Since its debut in 1742, Messiah has established itself as one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.  During this Easter weekend, the WEKU Stations are presenting a unique production of George Frideric Handel's oratorio in its original orchestration.

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11:24am

Fri March 29, 2013
Arts Weekly

Woodford Theatre to stage Neil Simon's Odd Couple

Evan Bergman and Tim Hull star as Oscar and Felix, The Odd Couple, opening at the Woodford Theatre April 5.

Although most people know it as a popular TV series, The Odd Couple first came to light on stage.  The Neil Simon comedy premiered on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a movie three years later.   As a TV sitcom, 114 episodes aired on ABC between 1970 and 75.

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12:17pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Arts Weekly

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Perform Twice in Central Kentucky

Yo-Yo Ma and Colin Jacobsen during the 2011 North American tour
Credit Max Whittaker - silkroadproject.org

Yo-Yo Ma performed for two American presidents before the age of ten and is perhaps one of the best-known living classical musicians. 

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12:36pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Arts Weekly

Students Organize Art Show Inspired by Childhood Tales

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Students were allowed to organize the newest art show at the Lexington Art League.  Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, says they came up with a fascinating result.  He talked about it and this weekend’s other events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

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6:13pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Arts Weekly

Addams Family Musical at the Lexington Opera House

Perhaps no TV theme is more recognizable than that of The Addams Family.  The unconventional sit-com aired on ABC for just two seasons, starting in the Fall of 1964.  It was based on characters created in the 1930's by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.

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6:12pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Arts Weekly

Addams Family's "Cousin Itt" in town for weekend events

Baby boomers and re-run watchers probably know The Addams Family best from the black and white TV series of the 1960's.  As luck would have it, one of the original characters from that series is also in town this weekend.

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3:34pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Folk Musician John Gorka to Perform at Carnegie Arts Center

Carnegie Presents John Gorka on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 7pm
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The term "folk music" can refer to a lot of different styles. Folk tunes are the basis for much of the classical music of Bela Bartok and Aaron Copeland. Ethnic music of Africa inspired the writing of Paul Simon for his multi-Grammy-award-winning album Graceland.

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3:32pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Lexington Art League Hosts pARTy to Make Art More Accessible

The LAL's pARTy for Everyone brings art out of the galleries and into the world.
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The Lexington Art League takes its art out of the gallery and onto the streets September 21st, 2012 for its second "pARTy for Everyone."

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2:53pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Quartet to Perform Coltrane's Spiritual Music Part I

The Rev. Brian Cole, left, and John Linker, right, the respective pastor and music director of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, are excited about hosting a jazz performance by vibraphonist Dick Sisto, center, and his quartet.
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Legendary saxophonist, John Coltrane, had an illustrious career that spanned from the bebop era of the 1940s to the free-jazz movement of the late 1960s. One lesser-known aspect of his career was his spiritual side. Sunday evening, October 28th, The Church of the Good Shepard in Lexington will feature the sacred music of John Coltrane with jazz artist Dick Sisto. Brian Cole is the Director of Good Shepard Church and spoke with WEKU's Roger Duvall about the performance.

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2:38pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

Constella Arts Festival Seeks to Connect Arts in Cincinnati

The Constella Arts Festival seeks to connect arts organizations throughout Cincinnati
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Communities large and small benefit from having a thriving arts climate. But in any given town, while the symphony or art museum may be a leader in terms of patronage, many organizations struggle to get by as athey live in the shadows of better organized groups. 

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12:55pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

EKU Center for the Arts Hosts Popular Blue Man Group

EKU center for the arts hosts the sensational Blue Man Group Novemer 9-10, 2012
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November 9th and 10th, the EKU Center for the Arts hosts Blue Man Group. The act started in the late 80s and has been going strong worldwide ever since. While the 3-man acrobatic drumming troupe doesn't utter a word on stage, one of the performers, Chris Smith, talks here with Roger Duvall.

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