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The Kentucky Center is the state's premier performing arts and entertainment facility.
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JAY LENO Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall While he may be best known for his decades-long tenure behind The Tonight Show desk, Jay Leno cut his teeth as one of the most incisive comedy voices of the ‘70s and 80s . His new standup comedy tour reminds his fans why he became a household name in the first place! As an acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian,... 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
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Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET Friday, October 13, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre on Broadway 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Don’t miss the Louisville premier of STARDUST, an “utterly transfixing” tribute to the life and music of David Bowie, full of glitter and glam! DANCE Magazine raves “Complexions Contemporary Ballet makes it sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super-dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents JENNA & BARBARA BUSH: SISTERS FIRST Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 Grab your sister (or a friend who is just like one!) and settle in for an evening of personal stories and universal revelations with former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush during their Sisters First tour. Celebrate sisterhood and all the complicated, messy, hilarious, life-defining moments... Continue reading
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Glenview Trust Enriching Life Series JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA with Wynton Marsalis Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. The Kentucky Center 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest Jazz soloists and ensemble players today. This remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and commissioned works to masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Wynton... Continue reading
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Tickets are on sale now for Small Time Napoleon's Too Big to Fail Release Party August 26 at The Kentucky Center. This is the band's third recording and their most ambitious yet with the addition of a horn section and pianist. They will be joined on stage by special guests and friends; don't miss this rare, intimate live event. Support provided by 91.9 WFPK. Small Time Napoleon describes their music as "Jazz(ish) Swing with Modern(ish)... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents An Acoustic Christmas with OVER THE RHINE Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 This intimate concert will feature songs from Snow Angels (2006), Blood Oranges in the Snow (2014), and other Over the Rhine fan favorites. Tickets start at $25, reserved seating, fees apply. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m., online, by phone (584.7777),... Continue reading
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RAISING THE BAR IN EDUCATION Teachers engage in advanced studies at The Kentucky Center’s statewide Arts Integration Academies The Kentucky Center is presenting five Arts Integration Academies throughout Kentucky this summer. More than 100 teachers will participate. The Academies, which have been presented in partnership with The Kentucky Department of Education since 2000, provide hands-on, active learning experiences that teachers can bring back to their classes, schools, and districts. The Academies this summer include: Louisville... Continue reading
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NEEDTOBREATHE ALL THE FEELS Tour (acoustic) Friday, December 15, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Presented by AC Entertainment, Production Simple, and The Kentucky Center NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated band from South Carolina. Their most recent release, HARDLOVE (2016), debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Albums chart. NEEDTOBREATHE delivers an impressive live show proven by back-to-back sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Ascend Amphitheatre (Nashville), Aragon Ballroom... Continue reading
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Press Representative: Catherine Major / C Major Marketing (206) 521 9551 CMajor@CMajorPR.com TRAVIS WALL NOMINATED FOR 7TH CONSECUTIVE EMMY AWARD FOR ‘OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY’ TRAVIS WALL has been nominated for a stunning 7th consecutive Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ for his groundbreaking work on the popular FOX television show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. He was the Emmy winner in 2015. He is nominated this year for routines ‘Send In The... Continue reading
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Porto (502) 566-5194 mporto@kentuckycenter.org ROBERTS NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT AT THE KENTUCKY CENTER LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 7, 2017) – Following a nationwide search process, The Kentucky Center is announcing the appointment of Julie Roberts to the role of vice president of development. Since 2013, Roberts has served as the director of development for Actors Theatre of Louisville, one of the most respected regional theaters in America and known... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center + NS2 Present TOMMY EMMANUEL CGP - Classics and Christmas Tour Featuring Pat Bergeson, John Knowles CGP, and Annie Sellick Thursday, November 30, 8 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 Congratulations to Tommy for making the cover of Guitar Player's 2017 "Top 50 Guitarists" issue! Guitar virtuoso and composer Tommy Emmanuel is known worldwide for his complex fingerstyle technique and energetic performances. This concert will feature... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) Summer Program is currently in session on the campus of Centre College in Danville, KY. Each summer for the past thirty years, over 250 of the Commonwealth's most talented young artists have received an all expenses paid life changing experience including top-notch instruction, daily live performances by world-class visiting artists, and fellowship with other young creatives. Participation in The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts... Continue reading
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We regret to inform you that the August 15 booking for #FOLLOWME: YouTube Stars On Stage has been cancelled. The notification we received today from the tour reads - "Due to unforeseen and immovable scheduling conflicts, #FOLLOWME will need to postpone this summer’s national tour. Fans that have purchased tickets will be fully refunded. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. As the production finalizes the new dates and touring schedule, the creative team... Continue reading
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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Paul's debut album Hammer and Nail! 91.9 WFPK Presents THE PAUL THORN BAND Friday, September 29, 8 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 Produced by The Kentucky Center and Production Simple Concerts and Events Southern roots rocker Paul Thorn is known for his charisma, magnetism, hilarious stage banter, and fiercely loyal fans! Tickets start at $27.50, reserved seating, fees apply. A limited number of exclusive Paul Thorn Trailer... Continue reading
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91.9 WFPK Presents ST. VINCENT Fear The Future Tour Tuesday, November 21, 8 p.m. The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall 501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202 Musician and songwriter Annie Clark - aka St. Vincent - is one of the most distinctive artistic voices and original guitarists of her generation. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent, won Album of the Year designations from the NME, the Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, St. Vincent performed... Continue reading
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The Kentucky Center Presents Travis Wall’s SHAPING SOUND - After The Curtain Sunday, November 5, 7 p.m. Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202 A new national tour by America’s hottest Contemporary Dance company, featuring Emmy Award-winning choreographer Travis Wall! As seen on The Ellen Show, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars… Conceived and choreographed by Travis Wall, After The Curtain tells the story of a man fighting to find... Continue reading