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The Kentucky Center is the state's premier performing arts and entertainment facility.
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Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular! This mind-blowing performance is... Continue reading
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The Norton Foundation Presents The Kentucky Center ArtsReach Annual Performance Showcase Hosted by Keith McGill Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, no ticket required ArtsReach, a Kentucky Center Education and Community Arts program, invites you to celebrate the power of arts education and the joy of live performance as youth from across the city take the stage to share... Continue reading
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Kentucky to the World in collaboration with The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts presents Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series: ELIZABETH MAYHEW Wednesday, August 23 5:30 – Reception 6:30 – Presentation The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main Street, Louisville, 40202 Join Kentucky to the World as style expert and Louisville native Elizabeth Mayhew - currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC's TODAY Show, and... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents SIMPLY THREE Sunday, November 5, 7 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main St., Louisville 40202 Simply Three is a classical crossover phenomenon with an ever-expanding online community of enthusiastic fans, including over 497k YouTube subscribers! Simply Three creates excitement and demand for instrumental music through inventive videos that have touched the hearts of millions of viewers across the globe. All seats $25, reserved seating, fees apply. Tickets go... Continue reading
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Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble STRAIGHT NO CHASER: The Speakeasy Tour Sunday, November 26, 7 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall 501 W. Main St., Louisville 40202 Straight No Chaser is the real deal: nine voices coming together to make extraordinary music, moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor! Straight No Chaser have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances, and a solid reputation as an unforgettable... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents LOVE ON THE FLOOR Starring Cheryl Burke, Meryl Davis, and Charlie White Friday, November 10, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Love isn’t simple. Love isn’t easy. Love isn’t always happy. But with LOVE there is always a story! Created by Cheryl Burke, best known as a former dance pro on Dancing with the Stars and a new host of Dance Moms, LOVE ON THE FLOOR takes the... Continue reading
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on the road with the national touring company of a Broadway musical? BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King musical runs May 16-21 at The Kentucky Center (Louisville). Three alumni of The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) have been cast in the production since the tour began. Read the Courier-Journal interview with them here. The core component of The Kentucky Center Governor's School... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center and NS2 Present DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE Wednesday, August 16, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 A favorite act at Bluegrass and Folk festivals around the world, the Dave Rawlings Machine – Dave, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and Brittany Haas – return to Louisville for an evening of acoustic picking and soaring harmonies. “Proving night-after-night that solid American string music is not obsolete…” – Glide Magazine “The best... Continue reading
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Last month Kentucky Center President Kim Baker and the Center's Development team hosted our first annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration with breakfast and mimosas on the Whitney Hall stage! During this inspiring event, we recognized more than 100 steadfast Volunteers who not only give of their time every year, but also make a financial gift of support to the institution. Volunteers in attendance had the chance to meet staff from the various Kentucky Center Education and... Continue reading
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This Spring, The Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing and Programming departments are collaborating with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to deliver hands-on arts activities and live performances on their six local campuses. The partnership has gotten off to a strong start! In March and April, Arts in Healing (AIH) teaching artists led projects at the JCTC Shelby and Bullitt county campuses, which included making and decorating journals along with creative writing exercises as “tools... Continue reading
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Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere theatrical production featuring innovative set design, creative costuming, and state-of-the-art projections, packed with show-stopping performances from the Shoppies! Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Poli Polish will perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest Pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions. Emporium Presents Shopkins Live! Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Tickets go on sale Friday, April... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center ArtsReach Presents DANCE! Hosted by Louisville native Sonya Hensley Sunday, April 30, 4 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC No Ticket Required ArtsReach, a Kentucky Center Education and Community Arts program, invites you to enjoy an afternoon of dance hosted by Louisville’s own Sonya Hensley. Sonya, a celebrated vocalist with early roots in dance education, has lived and worked in... Continue reading
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As reported in the Courier-Journal, after nearly 18 months filled with meetings, sending out surveys and pouring over data, a group of arts, philanthropic and business leaders has unveiled what they are calling Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 – a long-term plan for the role arts, culture and creativity can play in a strong future. Steering committee members (photographed above) include Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts president Kim Baker and Fund for the Arts CEO... Continue reading
Loved by millions of fans the world over, RIVERDANCE returns to The Kentucky Center in a special 20th Anniversary production for THREE nights only, April 10- 12. Tickets are available through The Kentucky Center ticket service online, by phone at 584-7777, and at the box office (501 W. Main). Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center and KMAC Present Southern Fried Poetry Slam 2017: 25th Anniversary Festival Wednesday, June 7 - Saturday, June 10 (Louisville, KY) Content Advisory: Events have the potential for strong language and mature themes Southern Fried, the second-largest poetry festival in the United States, celebrates poetry, spoken word, and community outreach. Teams representing 32 cities meet for a four-day exhibition of poetic skill, writing workshops, themed open mics, and community service projects. Southern Fried's... Continue reading
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On March 8, The Kentucky Center presented Some of a Thousand Words, a new work by Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider, that the Center had co-commissioned. As part of our statewide mission and goal of nurturing lifelong relationships with the arts, we also contracted with these artists to go into the community and share their amazing talent with students at several locations. On March 7, we accompanied Wendy Whelan on a visit to... Continue reading
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91.9 WFPK Presents LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND Sunday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. Iroquois Amphitheater 1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville 40214 Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m., through the Iroquois Amphitheater box office online and by phone at (877) 987-6487. Texan Lyle Lovett is one of America’s most distinctive and original singer-songwriters. His witty lyrical songs draw comparisons to work by Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt.... Continue reading
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The 3.31.2017 performance of Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth has been cancelled due to the unexpected death of Rachel's brother. There are no plans to reschedule at this time. The Kentucky Center box office will contact patrons to issue refunds. Please call the box office with any questions at (502) 584-7777. Continue reading
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89.3 WFPL Presents TIG NOTARO Saturday, July 22, 8 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main, Louisville 40202 Tig Notaro is a stand-up comedian, storyteller, and writer originally from Mississippi. Tig writes, produces, and stars in the semi-autobiographical Amazon Prime comedy series One Mississippi. Her memoir, I'm Just A Person, is a New York Times Bestseller. Tig received an Emmy nomination for her HBO special, Boyish Girl Interrupted. Her Netflix Original documentary, TIG,... Continue reading
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Join us for THUNDER AT THE CENTER! Enjoy the excitement and spectacle of Thunder Over Louisville from the comfort of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Make The Kentucky Center your home base for the day while you take in all the action. Families will appreciate convenient access to the Center’s restrooms, activities for the kids, and foodservice and concessions without waiting in long lines. There will be multiple bars located around the building... Continue reading
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Kentucky Center ArtsReach and Rheonna Thornton present LIP GLOSS DIARIES 2017 A Poetry Slam for Young Women Ages 15-18 Hosted by Lance G. Newman II Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. Free and Open to the Public, No Ticket Required The Kentucky Center 501 W. Main Street, Louisville KY 40202 Join us for the second annual Lip Gloss Diaries Poetry Slam for young women poets age 15-18. The poetry slam, hosted by Lance Newman, will feature... Continue reading
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With the support of the Gheens Foundation, The Kentucky Center and Kentucky Music Educators Association hosted the annual Gheens Great Expectations Concert on February 8 in Whitney Hall, featuring a side-by-side performance by the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Youth Orchestra, conducted by Deanna Tham. View Additional Concert Photos The following day, violin soloist Melissa White and other members of the Harlem Quartet, provided instruction to students in the orchestra at Western Middle School, and led... Continue reading
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Tickets are on sale now through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service for this exciting new evening of dance, co-commissioned by The Kentucky Center! Wendy Whelan/ Brian Brooks/ Brooklyn Rider SOME OF A THOUSAND WORDS Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Details and Ticketing Continue reading
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PNC Broadway in Louisville Announces 2017/2018 Season National Tour of Hamilton Coming in 2018/2019 Season Contact: Matthew Porter Director of Public Relations 502-569-3064 Matthew.Porter@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com Louisville, KY (February 23, 2017) – PNC Broadway in Louisville announces today the all-new 2017-2018 season which includes Finding Neverland, Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Chicago, School of Rock, and Waitress. Season Options will include the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour and Les Misérables. The national tour of... Continue reading
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LEO Weekly photo by Nic Vechery In January 2017, The Kentucky Center presented Alonzo King LINES Ballet in a public performance at the Brown Theatre. In addition to sharing their talent with the public, we also contracted with the company to provide a movement workshop with our ArtsReach Dance Ensemble, made up of youth from West Louisville that meet twice weekly for free dance instruction at the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center. LEO Weekly published... Continue reading