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The Kentucky Center is the state's premier performing arts and entertainment facility.
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Enriching the student experience at JCTC Unity Festival In April, The Kentucky Center partnered with the Jefferson County Technical College (JCTC) to celebrate multicultural humanities during the annual JCTC Unity Festivals. The KC Programming team worked to secure musicians promoting their cultural identity and heritage through a contemporary lens. La Victoria, a Los Angeles-based mariachi-inspired female trio, and Louisville-based DJ Yared Sound performed at the JCTC Southwest campus on April 11 and the JCTC Downtown... Continue reading
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In April, The Kentucky Center ArtsReach produced DANCE OUT LOUD, a public celebration of dance featuring Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project from NYC, along with performances by Keen Dance Theatre, The ArtsReach Dance Ensemble, D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance Company, Safiyyah Rasool's students from Shively Community Center, and Genesis Arts dance students from Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center. Dawne Gee hosted the event. All performance groups are rooted in the community and rehearse in neighborhood sites. View More... Continue reading
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Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park is a tradition, providing free professional live Shakespeare productions for people of all ages from Louisville and surrounding counties each summer. A successful partnership between The Kentucky Center and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival ensures that people who have hearing and visual disabilities can also enjoy these anticipated events. The Kentucky Center Access Services will provide Audio Description for people who are blind or who have low vision and Open Captioning... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center’s Access Services program ensures that patrons at the Kentucky Center and Brown Theatre have the accommodations they need to enjoy events. Access Services also provides Audio Description and Caption Theater for other arts and cultural organizations in Louisville. However, did you know that Access Services also has a mission component to ensure that adults and students with disabilities experience the arts in their communities. In March, the Arts Access Education component of... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) has announced the Accepted and Alternate students for this year's summer residential program at Centre College in Danville. Over 1400 applications were received and more than 700 auditions conducted, with countless hours of review and decision-making by adjudicators, to reach this point in the process. From June 17 - July 7, 256 students from across the state will enjoy three weeks of top-notch instruction in nine... Continue reading
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If you are planning to attend Thunder at The Kentucky Center this year, please plan for extra travel time! As part of LMPD’s Thunder Over Louisville street closure plan, all lanes of Main Street between 4th and 7th Streets will shut down beginning at noon Saturday, April 21, 2018. This, coupled with the closure of River Road east of 6th Street, will affect your route to The Kentucky Center Garage. Please allow extra time for... Continue reading
91.9 WFPK Presents LAKE STREET DIVE Thursday, October 25, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway) Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service online, by phone (584-7777), and at the box office (501 W. Main). Lake Street Dive - drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist + trumpeter Michael Olson - are touring in support of their second album, FREE YOURSELF UP.... Continue reading
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89.3 WFPL welcomes SNAP JUDGMENT LIVE! Sunday, October 28, 7 p.m. The Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13, 10 a.m. Snap Judgment is the storytelling phenomena electrifying audiences nationwide. Snap is heard weekly on over 365 radio stations and downloaded over two million times a month. Created by Glynn Washington, produced by WNYC, and launched on NPR stations five years ago, Snap delivers a raw, intimate, musical brand of... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center & Live Nation present BRIAN REGAN Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m. The Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, April 6, 10 a.m. "One of my favorite stand-up comedians!" - Jerry Seinfeld "The funniest stand-up alive!" - Vanity Fair Brian Regan is the unique comedian whose material is relatable to generations of fans and revered by comedians as the best in the business. Brian recently signed... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center & Production Simple present Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour www.JoeBidenBook.com Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m. The Kentucky Center Tickets on sale to the public Friday, April 6, 10 a.m. Vice President Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. In 2018, Vice President Biden... Continue reading
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We believe everyone deserves access to Louisville’s diverse arts and cultural experiences. Our mission at the Louisville Cultural Accessibility Association (LCAA) is to inspire Louisville’s cultural community to become the most accessible arts and cultural community in the country for guests with disabilities. In support of this mission, LCAA will offer monthly professional development sessions for arts and cultural administrators. Registration is now open for our first professional development session: Accessibility 101 Friday, March 23... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center co-presented the premier screening of KET’s documentary Murals of the Holocaust on February 19 in the Bomhard Theater. This 30-minute piece tells the story of the Holocaust education program at Western Kentucky University’s summer camp for gifted high school students. These students have created a large mural about the Holocaust each year for more than 20 years. Following the screening, our guests attended an exhibit and reception in the North Lobby. On... Continue reading
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On Wednesday, February 21, members of Urban Bush Women (UBW) dance company landed in Louisville to begin a three-day artists' residency with Louisville Metro community members prior to the public performance of their transformative work Hair and Other Stories at the historic Brown Theatre on Broadway. UBW left an indelible mark on those they interacted with during their visit by using "dance as the message and the medium to bring together diverse audiences through innovative... Continue reading
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HAMILTON TO ANCHOR PNC BROADWAY IN LOUISVILLE 2018-2019 SEASON DISNEY’S ALADDIN TO KICK OFF SERIES OCTOBER 2018! Louisville, KY (February 28, 2018) – PNC Broadway in Louisville is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Season which includes the Broadway Musical, HAMILTON, playing its premiere Louisville engagement and anchoring the 2018-2019 Season, along with Disney’s ALADDIN, opening the season this October. And Broadway’s most beloved musical is back where it belongs with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center’s Accessibility Services and Education departments partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) to produce the 2018 Best Practices Symposium in Inclusive and Accessible Theatre. Teaching artists and educators from all over the country came to Louisville February 2 – 4 to participate in professional development sessions including “Sensory Friendly Business Practices” and “How to Include Self-Contained Classes on Arts Field Trips.” Attendees were welcomed to Louisville by Kentucky Center... Continue reading
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On January 27, Kentucky Center president Kim Baker participated in LISTEN! Feminine Wisdom, a launch event at Louisville’s historic Brown Theatre for the 23rd annual Festival of Faiths which will take place April 24-28 at The Kentucky Center and Cathedral of the Assumption. Part of a dynamic roster of women in leadership roles across our community, Kim spoke about the importance of feminine role models in her life – and the influence these pivotal women... Continue reading
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On Friday, February 2, 2018, 400 students from Western Middle School for the Arts had a visit from the Martha Redbone Trio, comprised of critically-acclaimed singer, storyteller and Harlan County, KY native Martha Redbone; Aaron Whitby, Martha’s husband, musical partner and pianist; and Alan “A.B.” Burroughs on resonator guitar and vocals. The trio took the students on a musical adventure featuring songs rooted in the group’s blend of funk, Piedmont blues, Appalachian folk, and signature... Continue reading
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On Sunday, January 28, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and her accompanist Kathleen Kelly performed a powerful recital in the Bomhard Theater. The performance was part of an expanded partnership with the Speed Art Museum in which The Kentucky Center becomes the new “home” of the Speed Concert Series. Ms. Barton’s recital featured works by female and male composers, challenging the audience with a unique blend of contemporary statements on the female experience and vocal pyrotechnics. She... Continue reading
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On February 7, Whitney Hall was filled to capacity for the Gheens Great Expectations Concert, an eagerly anticipated free public event celebrating the power of arts education. Performances during the event included the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side, and Youth Performing Arts School trumpeter Nicholas Recktenwald and his jazz ensemble, Spur of the Moment. This year’s event highlighted the visual arts as well by projecting images of winning entries from a statewide... Continue reading
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Viewers have embraced NBC's This Is Us, a show that celebrates human connection and the power of family, and overwhelmingly relate to the humor, depth, and vibrancy that Chrissy Metz brings to playing "Kate Pearson" on the beloved series. This spring, join Chrissy on her This Is Me Tour for an evening of honest conversation about life and its lessons – featuring real advice, tough love, and shared moments of are-you-kidding-me, I-wish-I-was laughter. Chrissy will... Continue reading
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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