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The Kentucky Center is the state's premier performing arts and entertainment facility.
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This is the story of a journey I have witnessed of a prodigy growing into a fully mature artist over a 12-year period. I chose to write this now, because I just heard former Gheens Artist Jinjoo Cho perform as the 2014 Gold Medal Laureate at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (ICVI) just before the finals of the 2018 competition. The picture below shows Jinjoo and me together after her stunning performance last week.... Continue reading
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PNC Broadway in Louisville presents A CHRISTMAS STORY Tuesday, November 27 - Sunday, December 2 The Kentucky Center Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Honored with 3 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book... Continue reading
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StageOne Family Theatre presents FRANKENSTEIN Friday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 31 *Sensory Friendly performance October 27, 2 p.m. The Kentucky Center Recommended for ages 11+ It’s…alive! When Victor Frankenstein’s experiments result in a grotesque creature beyond his control, chaos ensues. Frankenstein is determined to destroy his monstrous creation, but who is the real monster here? 2018 marks the 200thanniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and this October StageOne will bring the story to the stage.... Continue reading
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Non-subscription tickets go on sale Friday, August 3, at 10 a.m. for our Kentucky Center Presents 2018-19 Dance series. Each event can be purchased separately, there are no packages. Tickets are available through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service online, by phone (584-7777), and at the Drive-Thru (open M-F, 11am - 6pm). Create your Kentucky Center eClub profile to receive event updates and Kentucky Center Presents presale notices. Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM: 50th... Continue reading
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Enjoy some of the most beautiful music ever composed, and marvel at this whimsical yet profound masterpiece that “ventures as deep into the human spirit as art goes.” (New York Times) Kentucky Opera presents THE MAGIC FLUTE Friday, September 21 and Sunday, September 23 Brown Theatre on Broadway Non-subscription tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 1, at 10 a.m., through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service online, by phone (584-7777), and at Drive-Thru (open M-F, 11am... Continue reading
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WORLD PREMIERE! Audiences will be captivated by this moving modern-day take on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy featuring star-crossed lovers caught between their love for each other and family loyalties. ROMEO & JULIET Friday, September 7 & Saturday, September 8 Choreography by Adam Hougland Music by Sergei Prokofiev The Kentucky Center 501 W. Main Non-subscription tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 1, at 10 a.m., through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service online, by phone (584-7777), and at... Continue reading
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Non-subscription tickets to the Louisville Orchestra’s 2018-19 Season [Classics, Pops, Family series] go on sale to the public Wednesday, August 1, at 10 a.m. through The Kentucky Center ticket service online, by phone (584-7777) and at our Drive-Thru [M-F, 11am-6pm]. Highlights from this amazing season include: POPS, September 15, The Music of John Williams – Bob Bernhardt conducts selections from blockbuster films, including JAWS, Harry Potter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Star... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents EDDIE IZZARD: Believe Me Tour Sunday, September 30, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Google Maps Content Advisory – Adult Language & Themes In his New York Times best-selling book Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, Eddie Izzard writes with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy to reflect upon a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and... Continue reading
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Due to the recent fire at The Kentucky Center, Dan & Phil World Tour 2018: Interactive Introverts, previously scheduled for Whitney Hall, has been moved to Iroquois Amphitheater. The event will still be held on August 2nd at 8 pm. Ticket holders were carefully reassigned into comparable reserved seating at Iroquois Amphitheater. The Kentucky Center box office is sending new tickets to those patrons per their original delivery method. Anyone who purchased tickets in-person will... Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Randy Blevins, (502) 897-0649, randy@thinktanklou.com LOUISVILLE, KY. JUNE 27, 2018 – Kentucky Opera’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Barbara Lynne Jamison as its new General Director effective August 15, 2018. Jamison will be the sixth General Director in the company’s 67-year history and comes from the Seattle Opera, where she currently is Director of Programs and Partnerships and a member of the senior management team. Henry Kuehn, President... Continue reading
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Contact: Matthew Porter 502-569-3064 Matthew.Porter@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOUISVILLE ENGAGEMENT CANCELLED DUE TO RECENT FIRE DAMAGE AT THE KENTUCKY CENTER Louisville, KY – Please be advised that we were notified by officials at The Kentucky Center that WAITRESS, originally scheduled to play The Kentucky Center June 26-July 1, must be cancelled due to recent fire damage within the venue. As the owner of the building, the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, working in partnership with... Continue reading
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On Thursday, May 17, the Jessica Lang Dance company began a two-day immersive visit with the Louisville community. The nine company dancers and the company rehearsal director led three concurrent masterclasses with a total of 60 sophomore, junior, and senior dance majors at the Youth Performing Arts School. The dancers worked with the students on a structured warm-up to live music followed by word-association movement exercises and learning repertoire from the company’s live show. Louisville... Continue reading
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On Sunday, May 20, The Kentucky Center ArtsReach program presented its annual showcase of performing arts from community center settings. Over 125 people, from age 5 to 65, performed African percussion, contemporary and Hip-hop dance, rap, and classical music. View more photos on FLICKR ArtsReach Studio classes provide ongoing arts instruction with professional artists in Suzuki violin, percussion, visual art and dance at Louisville Central Community Center, Metro Parks Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center, Metro... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center ArtsReach program and AMPED served as co-presenters for the uNicque Styles Fashion Show on Sunday, June 3. This colorful free public event featured 21 ensembles designed and assembled by Ballard High School student Nicole Scott. ArtsReach director Julia Youngblood praised Ms. Scott’s creativity, attention to detail, and planning acumen as her first solo exhibition also included live music, a DJ, networking reception, and swag bags for the audience. View more photos on... Continue reading
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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