Arts Weekly

12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Arts Weekly

Singer/Songwriter Pierce Pettis to perform in Somerset

The Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, KY welcomes singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis next weekend. He’s the man behind songs performed by artists such as Dar Williams, Garth Brooks, Dion & the Belmonts, Sara Groves, Randy Stonehill and even Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel.

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12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Arts Weekly

Balagula Theatre features story of "Mrs. Klein"

Melanie Klein was a brilliant and unorthodox woman who came to Britain from Berlin to extend her brand of psychoanalysis to young children.  A new production, opening Sunday October 21 at Lexington’s Balagula Theatre, portrays a slice of her life in 1934.

 

 

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12:30pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Arts Weekly

Quartet to Perform Coltrane's Spiritual Music Part II

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A Lexington house of worship presents the sacred and spiritual music of legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. The Dick Sisto Quartet will perform at the Church of the Good Shepherd Sunday October 28th.  

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11:59am

Fri October 5, 2012
Arts Weekly

Music Festival Serenades VP Candidates

The Marshall Tucker Band at Tom Bass Park Amphitheatre in Houston, TX on May 15, 2011.
Photo by Barry Sigman The Marshall Tucker Band

The art of the politician and the artistry of Kentucky’s musicians are on display next week in Danville. Thursday, Centre College hosts the nation’s vice presidential debate.  And on Centre’s main lawn, will be the debate festival.  Unlike the debate itself, organizer Steve Hoffman says the festival’s open to everyone.  They’ll gather to watch the debate, but, there’s also entertainment.   Hoffman says the celebration begins Thursday at noon.

12:30pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts Weekly

Country Star Chely Wright Discusses Film, Coming Out & Equality

In 2010, Chely Wright became the first country music star to come out as gay.  Wright’s three-year journey to her coming out day is the subject of a new documentary by filmmakers Bobbie Berleffi and Beverly Kopf.

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12:30pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts Weekly

UK Opera Theatre stages Phantom of the Opera

Since its debut 24 years ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has been Broadway’s longest-running and highest-grossing production ever.  Since 1988, over 12 and a half million people have seen the productions in New York City.  And that number does not include audiences who’ve seen the eight productions on tour around the world. 

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12:30pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts Weekly

Violinist Itzhak Perlman to open UK Symphony season

Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman is known as one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th and early 21st centuries.  Following a 2011 performance with the University of Kentucky Symphony,  he returns this Sunday to open the orchestra’s 2012-13 season.

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11:59am

Fri September 14, 2012
Arts Weekly

Back to Bax in Lexington

The end-of-summer and the beginning of the Lexington Philharmonic’s season coincide this weekend.  Internationally-renowned pianist Alessio Bax, who’s no stranger to the Lex-Phil, returned to central Kentucky this week for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.  Bax is featured in Friday’s Lex-Phil season opener.   Also on the program is Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.” Bax has done numerous concerts here, participating just a couple weeks ago in the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Reporter Charles Compton spoke with Bax about his growing connection to the Commonwealth.

12:00pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Arts Weekly

31 acts scheduled for Richmond's Jubilo Festival

The Jubilo Music & Arts Festival takes place Sept. 13 - 16, 2012 at Ft. Boonesborough State Park

31 bands and individual performers take the stage next week for the first ever Jubilo Music and Arts Festival. John Hingsbergen spoke with the event's director.

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12:00pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Arts Weekly

Cincinnati Pops opens 2012-2013 season at EKU Center for the Arts

2012-2013 marks John Morris Russell’s second season as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops,

The second season at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts begins next week with a performance by the world-renowned Cincinnati Pops.  On Tuesday, the orchestra, under the leadership of John Morris Russell, presents a show being called “Summon the Heroes," a celebration of America honoring the heroes of 9/11 and our nation’s storied history.

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3:11pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Lexington Art League Host Artist Talk

The Lexington Art League's current exhibit of their Kentucky 7 Biennial is winding down with an artist talk this weekend.

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3:07pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Chamber Music Festival Debuts World Premiere

The Sixth Annual Chamber Music Festival of Lexington going on this weekend at Fasig Tipton Pavilion once again features the debut of a new work of music composed for this festival.

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6:00am

Fri August 31, 2012
Arts Weekly

Chamber Music's Labor Day Bookend

Nathan Cole, violinist and artistic director of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, practiced Tuesday afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald-Leader

Chamber music bookends summer in the Bluegrass.  The season starts with concerts at Shaker Village and ends this Labor Day weekend with the Chamber Music Festival of LexingtonRich Copley, who’s an arts reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader, promises he’ll provide gavel to gavel coverage.  Rich spoke about the festival with WEKU’s Charles Compton.

12:00pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Arts Weekly

UK Fine Arts series opens with Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band perform at the UK Singletary Center Aug. 24, 2012

This year's fine arts series at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center begins this weekend with a performer who's not exactly known for his music.   Hugh Laurie is the actor who starred in the TV series “House,”  that wrapped up production earlier this year.

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12:00pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Arts Weekly

Jerry Douglas, Dobro featured with Alison Krauss & Union Station

Jerry Douglas performs with Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Norton Center Saturday August 25, 2012

Another option for music lovers this weekend is the season-opener for the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College.  Alison Krauss and Union Station perform Saturday evening in Danville.

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12:00pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Arts Weekly

Public Art Up on the Roof

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Most public art is at street level, where people can see it.   But a new sculpture in Lexington is up on the roof.  The piece, which resembles a multi-story, black metal wine rack, sits atop the Downtown Arts Center.  The 70-thousand dollar structure was unveiled over the summer.  Called “Concordia,” it was created by Dewitt Godfrey, who’s an arts professor at Colgate University.  In a conversation with reporter Charles Compton, Godfrey explained “Concordia” is not just an expression of his imagination. It’s also some heavy-metal engineering.

8:21am

Fri August 24, 2012
Arts Weekly

Relative Unknowns Sing Out

Bluegrass Opera music director and conductor Lorne Dechtenberg played at a rehearsal at Temple Adath Israel last week.
Rich Copley Lexington Herald Leader

It’s a weekend for the vocal arts in Lexington.  A classically-trained, but relatively-unknown singer who demolished the competition in a national search has his first concert on Saturday.  And, the Bluegrass Opera Company revives a work that’s spent 65 years on the shelf. Rich Copley, who reports on the arts for the Lexington Herald Leader, discussed the opera with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.

3:14pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Arts Weekly

A Postcard from Band Camp

Summer allows music students time to practice their craft.  They can found in numerous camps, including a recent week long workshop at Eastern Kentucky University.  As Stu Johnson reports, this long standing camp focused on the guitar.

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2:18pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Arts Weekly

A Fictional Path to the Watergate Scandal

Whether non-fiction or fiction, history inspires authors.  Rather than a straight history, author and former GQ editor Thomas Mallon brings the Watergate-era Washington back to life in a historical novel.   Watergate-- a Novel, offers a fictionalized view of the scandal from the perspectives of seven lesser-known players. From his office in the nation’s capital, Mallon spoke with Kentucky Public Radio’s Rick Howlett.

1:24pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Arts Weekly

Blood and Guts and the Art of the Historian

In his books, Canadian Army Captain John Rickard is pure historian.  University Press of Kentucky this summer published Rickard’s examination of General George Patton’s performance during the Battle of the Bulge…which is considered the American General’s finest hour.  It’s Rickard’s second book on Patton.  Rickard spoke with me about the art practiced by military historians, his commitment to a “just-the-facts” kind of objectivity, and his interest in George Patton.

2:54pm

Fri July 6, 2012
Arts Weekly

Woody Guthrie Anniversary inspires Opera

Next Saturday is the 100th anniversary of the birth of folk singer Woody Guthrie. Among other songs he wrote and made famous is "This Land Is Your Land". Folk singer Michael Jonathon who you probably know as the host of the nationally syndicated radio program,  "WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour", is the creator of a new work of opera based on Woody Guthrie's life and music. 

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2:44pm

Fri July 6, 2012
Arts Weekly

Lexington Chamber Music Festival promotes with "Flash Mobs"

Don't be surprised over the next couple of weeks if you're out and about in Lexington and all of a sudden classical chamber music breaks out. The music will be courtesy of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. 

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