The Lexington Art League kicks off its winter light event this weekend at the annual Art Ball and a couple of Kentuckians are contenders for this year's Grammy Awards. Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader previews this weekends events.
Mystery writer and Western Kentucky University professor David Bell.
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Four to five thousand book lovers are expected to attend the 32nd Kentucky Book Fair this weekend. The one-day annual event was started in 1981 as a way of honoring the profession of writing and of raising money for the benefit of schools and libraries across the state. Among the 150 authors at the Frankfort Convention Center on Saturday will be Western Kentucky University professor David Bell. Bell, who teaches writing at the school in Bowling Green, has published three crime-mystery novels. WEKU's John Hingsbergen spoke with David Bell about his novel, Never Come Back, the process of writing and the Kentucky Book Fair.
After more than a decade of championing the arts in Lexington, Lexarts President Jim Clark has announced he will leave his post. Clark's resignation will be effective the end of June. He says he is pleased with the pace of arts activities in the bluegrass.
“And I feel like I’ve taken it as far as I can go and there comes a point when new vision and leadership is needed and this is the right time to do that.”
Instruction which includes instruments is known to enhance a child’s appreciation of music. But, musical instruments are not always within the reach of families with modest means. A program launched by the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra provides the tools needed by low-income music students.
With the jazz-age music of Jewish-American composer George Gerswhin, an appreciation for the music of African-American culture first appeared in concert halls. But it wasn't until the 1990's, when an entrepreneur got the idea of endowing a national competition that recognizes African-American and Hispanic classical musicians where Americans began seeing diversity on the concert stage.
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.
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.
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 Pettisback to the region. This month’s show features an Ohio native who’s never played in the Commonwealth. Joe Crookstonsings, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.