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Over 1200 people poured into Whitney Hall on January 14 to celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and demonstrate through the arts how his vision remains active in our lives today. KEEPERS OF THE DREAM, hosted by The Kentucky Center Artsreach program, in collaboration with River City Drum Corp and the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer, featured dance, spoken word, and musical performances by more than a dozen local ensembles. Pre- and post-show entertainment... Continue reading
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For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Mike Porto (502) 566-5194 mporto@kentuckycenter.org The Kentucky Center is First Performing Arts Venue in the U.S. to Use New Technology to Assist Visually Impaired Visitors New Indoor Explorer Technology Created by Louisville’s American Printing House for the Blind to Kick Off with PNC Broadway in Louisville Musical Chicago LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 16, 2018) – The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has a long, award-winning history of improving arts access... Continue reading
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On November 16, at West End School, The Kentucky Center ArtsReach Violin Studios from WESTEC and West End School participated in a performance with the United States Air Force Band. Mr. Keith Cook, ArtsReach Violin Studio instructor, traveled with his students to Washington, DC a few years ago to rehearse and play with the band. The two programs have stayed in touch, and this relationship has helped the U.S. Air Force Band develop a more... Continue reading
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On Sunday, November 5, 2017, classical crossover trio Simply Three visited Louisville for a workshop and performance at The Kentucky Center. Simply Three is known for original compositions and classical arrangements of Top 40 songs accompanied by choreographed video effects not often utilized by other string ensembles. VIEW PHOTOS Meeting with violin students from Mr. Keith Cook's classes - part of The Kentucky Center ArtsReach Violin Studio program - Simply Three members Glen McDaniel (violin),... Continue reading
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THE SECOND CITY yuks it up with students, women in recovery, medical residents, and educators Some of the key rules of improv comedy are to “say yes, and..”, take a risk, trust, listen, respond, and tell a story. From November 8 – November 10, the revered sketch comedy and improv company The Second City, visited Louisville and demonstrated how those rules can be infused into various everyday situations from patient care to addiction recovery. In... Continue reading
For the past seven months, Kentucky Center Arts in Healing artist/educator Pat Sturtzel has been working with the Robley Rex VA Medical Center’s Homeless Veterans Art Support Group making quilts. Through the HEROES CREATE! program, the men have met every week to dye fabric, design and make print blocks, print fabrics, and patiently sew the pieces together in a design of their own. One stitch at a time, they have created beautiful works of art,... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is continually looking for new opportunities to offer inclusion, compassion, and accessibility in the Arts. We are please to announce our recent classification as an Autism Friendly Business by completing training provided by Families for the Effective treatment of Autism (FEAT) of Louisville and the Autism Friendly Community. This initiative focuses on encouraging and training local businesses in Autism Awareness, Acceptance, and Appreciation. According to Deborah Morton, Executive... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents DAN AND PHIL WORLD TOUR 2018 INTERACTIVE INTROVERTS Thursday, August 2, 8 p.m. The Kentucky Center Fans 14-and-under must be accompanied by someone 18+ Dan and Phil present their new stage show - Interactive Introverts. Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories...and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe - and puts... Continue reading
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Last week, members of Complexions Contemporary Ballet arrived in Louisville for a public performance at the Brown Theatre on Friday, October 13, and to engage with the community through a number of residency activities. Over the course of two days, the company interacted with roughly 800 participants and patrons between their performance, four masterclasses, and a post-performance Q&A. On Thursday, October 12, company member and instructor, Jillian Davis, and company member and apprentice, Erin Brothers,... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC THE RIDICULOUSLY SELF-INDULGENT ILL-ADVISED VANITY TOUR with special guest Emo Philips Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre on Broadway “Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs... Continue reading
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Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey presents 2017 LOUISVILLE MUSIC AWARDS Thursday, November 9 6:30 p.m., Reception 8 p.m., Awards/Performances 9:30 p.m., After Party The Kentucky Center 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 Celebrate the quality and diversity of our local music scene as we recognize artists who have had a particularly special year. The Louisville Music Awards provide a unique opportunity for artists from all genres to come together with their fans for one... Continue reading
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Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series THE BEACH BOYS Sunday, May 13 The Kentucky Center 501 W. Main, Louisville 40202 With mega-hits including Surfin' USA, Good Vibrations, I Get Around, and California Girls, The Beach Boys are an American institution that remains iconic around the world. Tickets go on sale to the public through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service on Friday, October 13, at 10 a.m., online, by phone (584-7777), and at the box office. Groups... Continue reading
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Mike Porto (502) 566-5194 mporto@kentuckycenter.org THE KENTUCKY CENTER GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 CLASS LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 2, 2017)—The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts has announced it will begin accepting applications for its 2018 class on October 4. The program, a three-week immersive arts education experience, opens doors to a variety of scholarship opportunities and will be celebrating its 31st year next summer. Applications... Continue reading
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Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble JONNY LANG With special guest Doyle Bramhall II Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jonny Lang is touring in support of his new record, SIGNS. One of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation, Lang has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, and Buddy Guy. SIGNS - Jonny's first new recording in four years - reaffirms his... Continue reading
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Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series YOU HAVE A SUPER POWER - Discover It. Change The World. An Evening with Louisville's Own Global Game Changers Monday, October 30 5:30 p.m. Reception 6:30 p.m., Program The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater Get Tickets Local nonprofit Global Game Changers (GGC) seeks to empower all children to discover their inner superpower and improve the world through unique educational programs and partnerships. In doing so, they hope to create the next... Continue reading
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91.9 WFPK Presents THE WAR ON DRUGS with special guest Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 " A twilight word in which to lose yourself" - Pitchfork "Classic Rock Ecstasy" - The Atlantic "Dylan-loving guitar romantics" - Rolling Stone Tickets go on sale Friday, September 29, at 10 a.m., through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service online, by phone (584-7777), and at the box office (501 W. Main). For fans of The National, Fleet Foxes,... Continue reading
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The Illusionists present ADAM TRENT Friday, December 1, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre on Broadway “Seeing is dis-believing” – The New York Times “A genius headed straight for stardom” – Huffington Post Watch video Get ready for an immersive entertainment extravaganza – a night of magic, comedy, and music – perfect for the entire family! The Illusionists has become the best-selling magic show in Broadway history – with smash tours in the US and abroad. Adam... Continue reading
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From left-to-right: Phillip Allen, Kentucky Center Foundation Board & Chair of Paristown Project, Bruce Ferguson, Kentucky Center Board Chair, Tim Galbraith, Kentucky Center Foundation Board Chair, Kim Baker, President & CEO - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Don Parkinson, Cabinet Secretary, Commonwealth of Kentucky Tourism Arts & Heritage FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Chris Poynter, 574-4546/396-2015 Jessica Wethington, 574-5174/386-0573 September 7, 2017 Officials break ground on $28 million Paristown development Co-anchors include Louisville Stoneware,... Continue reading
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Crafted Conversations, photographs created by youth participating in the Kentucky Center's ArtsReach Safe Space at KMAC Museum, will be on display this fall from September 22 - November 11 at the Main Library's Teen Underground. Crafted Conversations, photographs created by young people participating in the Kentucky Center's ArtsReach Safe Space at KMAC, will be on display at the Main Library's Teen Underground. Artist-in-residence Brianna Harlan, asked students to explore the concept of “respect” through the... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center is in its fourth year of leading the Anne Frank Bearing Witness Project which provides arts-integrated Holocaust education throughout the state. This year, in partnership with Western Kentucky University, KET, and the Jewish Community Center (JCC), The Kentucky Center will co-present an exhibit of murals about the Holocaust created by students at Western Kentucky University’s Visual and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) summer camp over the past two decades. A public exhibit of... Continue reading
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Kentucky Center Arts Academies, statewide professional development opportunities for educators, were recently featured in Kentucky Teacher, a publication of the Kentucky Department of Education. From the article: The hip hop beat of the song “My Shot” from the Broadway musical HAMILTON was transformed with the twang of a Bluegrass tune and teachers strumming guitars. The witches’ chant from Shakespeare’s Macbeth took on the beat of a bongo drum while teachers called out in unison: “Double,... Continue reading
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On sale now! Don't miss this exciting musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin’s life and legacy, featuring such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime.” The Kentucky Center Presents A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Contains Adult Language Like a comet burning brightly, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight,... Continue reading
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On sale now! The Kentucky Center Presents Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! Two performances of this brand-new live theatrical production will take place at Louisville's historic Brown Theatre on Broadway on Sunday, November 19, at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE! ON STAGE Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. The Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful musical stage adaptation featuring all your favorite Peanuts characters and the classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, and the gang as they stage a play, save a tree, and learn the true meaning of Christmas.... Continue reading
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Emporium & The Kentucky Center Present HOME FREE: A Country Christmas Thursday, December 7, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Home Free is known for their show-stopping performances that combine their signature all vocal, no instrument music with quick-witted humor. On this tour, fans will hear new music from the re-release of Full Of (Even More) Cheer, new Country hits like Maren Morris’ “My Church”, Pop slams like Shakira’s “Try Everything”, and... Continue reading