Hal Davis, standing, a co-owner of Paint Lick Community Arts Center, helped Helen Starnes, 86, during a painting class Monday. Starnes, the oldest student in the class, came with daughter Brunette Arnold, left. Home-school student Joey Roush, 14, right, was the youngest in the group.
During an Actors Guild rehearsal earlier this week for November, which opened Thursday, director Bo List, left, had a front-row seat for a scene between Joe Gatton, right, playing President Charles Smith and Jeff Sherr as advisor Archer Brown.
The performance of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ brought a lot of attention to the University of Kentucky’s School of Music. This weekend UK is again in the musical headlines in central Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, plays host to a legendary singer. And ‘John Coldtrain’ jazz is on tap in Lexington. WEKU’S Stu Johnson spoke with Arts and Culture reporter Rich Copley about weekend events.
Technically, the vocalist is still a student, but Michael Preasely already has impressive work experience. The University of Kentucky graduate student performed last summer with the Cincinnati Opera. Last month, Preasely sang with the Cincinnati Pops and this month, when “Phantom of the Opera” finally premiered in Lexington, the baritone was “the Phantom.” Now, Preasely’s preparing for the biggest challenge in his career, graduation this December. WEKU’s Charles Compton sat-in recently with Preacely during a coaching session on UK’s Lexington campus.
Business leaders will work to plot strategies to move Kentucky arts forward late this week. The Kentucky Arts Council is sponsoring a day long symposium this Friday in Lexington. Representatives from the business sector will discuss how they integrate the arts in day to day and long term business plans. Governor Beshear says ‘the arts spur community development, create jobs, and attract new businesses and educated workers.’