SAVE THE DATE: Kentucky Opera’s ‘Opera Gala’ Goes BOLD at the Louisville Marriott Downtown Saturday, February 2, 2019

Kentucky Opera goes BOLD with its signature fundraising event ‘Opera Gala’ on Saturday February 2 at 6 PM. Guests are encouraged to be daring in their dress for one of Louisville’s best Black Tie affairs as Kentucky Opera creates an atmosphere to shake up the senses — including bold cocktails, dramatic lighting, performances by Kentucky Opera singers, Cirque Louis, and Wax Factory. The event will be hosted by Kentucky Opera’s General Director, Barbara Lynne Jamison. Cocktail hour will feature acrobatics from Cirque Louis, Brown-Forman BOLD Martinis and Manhattans, silent auction, and a specialty wine bar provided by Jackson Family Wines, and an amazing silent auction.

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Actors Theatre of Louisville Presents: Pipeline – January 8 – February 2, 2019 – Bingham Theatre

Before rehearsals for Pipeline began, director Steve H. Broadnax III shared what he loves about Dominique Morisseau’s writing, and why he’s excited to return to Actors Theatre and bring this play to life for Louisville audiences.

“I am one of the primary directors of Dominique Morisseau’s work, and she’s also a friend of mine. I just love her voice. It ’s a voice of activism, one that gives a platform to communities who aren’t often heard—especially African-American communities and the working class. Every time I see or work on one of her plays, I’m very moved. She’s amazing!

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PNC Broadway in Louisville presents Something Rotten – Jan. 15-20 – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Set in the ‘90s—the 1590s—this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St – GET DIRECTIONS
Date(s): Tuesday, January 15th – Sunday, January 20th
Ages: Recommended 10+
Price: Tickets start at $37.00*
*sales tax not included
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes

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Kentucky Center Presents: Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down – Jan. 23 at 8 PM- Brown Theatre


Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context.
Program: ETM: Double Down – Using original tap “instruments” designed by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an arpeggio.

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Louisville Orchestra presents Art + Music – January 25-26 – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Pictures at an Exhibition was written as a reaction to artwork. We turn the tables and ask artists to create new works of art with music as their inspiration. We promise a multi-sensory arts experience as we collaborate with artists at the Kentucky College of Art + Design.
On Friday, Concert Talk begins at 10:00 AM in Whitney Hall hosted by Classical 90.5 WUOL. On Saturday, Concert Talk begins at 6:45 PM in Whitney Hall hosted by Classical 90.5 WUOL. Also on Saturday, the Bluegrass Motorsport Donor Lounge is open in the Mary Anderson Room before the concert and at intermission.

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Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Presents: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin – January 29 – February 17, 2019 – Pamela Brown Auditorium

Overview: Join us on a music-filled journey through the legendary career of Irving Berlin, starring virtuosic performer Hershey Felder. From Berlin’s humble beginnings to hitting it big writing for Broadway and Hollywood, Felder offers a lively portrait of the composer as a Jewish immigrant, American patriot, and devoted husband. Featuring cherished standards such as “God Bless America” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin melds story and song in a love letter to a man whose work helped define our national songbook.

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The Kentucky Center Presents: Paula Poundstone – Thursday January 31 at 8 PM – Bomhard Theatre

Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. She tours regularly performing over 85 shows a year. Paula is a popular panelist on NPR’s # 1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz,Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Her new weekly podcast for Maximum Fun, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, is a comedy field guide to life. 

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Kentucky Center Presents: The Second City – It’s Not You, It’s Me – Friday Feb. 1st at 8 PM – Bomhard Theater

The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, THE SECOND CITY takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, your parents, even your blind date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers…who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category!

SCENE at the Center, the small plates eatery, offers bar and food service two hours prior to most performances in Whitney Hall and the Bomhard Theater. Kitchen service ends as the curtain rises, but beverage service will continue throughout the performances and extend through midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

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The Kentucky Center presents The Dark Side of the Wall with Orchestra Enigmatic – Saturday Feb 2 at 8 PM – Brown Theatre

There is no doubt that Pink Floyd wrote timeless songs. As each generation has “discovered” their music, the band’s catalog continues to be cemented as modern classics. What separated Pink Floyd from other bands of their time was a fearless attempt to bring the audio production itself into the experience of the listener. Using a palette of sounds that included spoken words, clocks, natural sounds, and otherworldly synthesizers, Pink Floyd was always pushing the envelope to create something that sounded new and different. It was, therefore, almost inevitable, that Pink Floyd would dabble in orchestral instrumentation to round out their psychedelic rock sound. To recapture and extend that unique approach, The Dark Side of the Wall has partnered with Louisville’s Orchestra Enigmatic to present a new and expanded sonic experience. Join two of Louisville’s top musical groups as they join forces and tear down musical walls to bring an even bigger sound to a timeless catalog!

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Shakespeare in Love – A Gala benefiting Kentucky Shakespeare – Saturday Feb. 9 from 7-11PM at 21C Hotel


Join Kentucky Shakespeare for its 6th annual “Shakespeare in Love” Gala at 21C Hotel. The evening features live music from the Jerry Tolson Jazz Trio, Brown-Forman cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Proof, desserts, raffle, pop-up performances, tarot reading, DJ, dancing, 59th season announcement and more surprises!

Tickets are $125 per person and $200 per couple, with cocktail

attire: https://kyshakespeare.com/season/gala/

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The Louisville Orchestra Presents: POPS: The Midtown Men – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 PM – The Kentucky Center

The high-octane musical tour de force that took the Jersey Boys phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, brings to life the greatest hits of the Sixties, rocking performing arts centers and symphony halls across the continent. THE MIDTOWN MEN are the four lead cast members from the original Broadway show and they bring the hits of the Sixties with their crisp Rat-Pack style to our stage for a Valentine treat.

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Kentucky Opera presents Rigoletto – Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17 at Brown Theatre

Cynical. Reviled. And desperate for revenge.
Rigoletto – he is the jaded jester who laughs as he aids his debauched master the Duke in seducing the wives and daughters of the court’s noblemen. These men hate Rigoletto with a passion, and only his daughter Gilda brings sunlight to his life. But then comes tragedy on a catastrophic scale. Rigoletto’s enemies want revenge. The Duke sets his sights on Gilda. Rigoletto’s desperate plan to avenge his defiled daughter goes tragically wrong.

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The Kentucky Center: Magnificent Milestones and Memories

As we embark on a new chapter for The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, we wanted to celebrate by looking back at monumental moments, milestones and supporters over the years that have made The Kentucky Center what it is today.
It all started back in 1980 when The Kentucky General Assembly helped to establish a major public/private partnership to create The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Just like it continues to do today, it was originally created to promote state culture and tourism, provide a home for Louisville’s prominent performing arts groups, and enable citizens to see international and nationally renowned artists.

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Who is Bob Bernhardt?

This season, Bob Bernhardt begins his 37th consecutive year with the Louisville Orchestra as Assistant Conductor, then as Associate Conductor, then Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera, and is now in his 22nd season as Principal Pops Conductor. But…who is Bob Bernhardt?

For nearly four decades, Bernhardt has been a constant presence with the LO and continues to bring his unique combination of easy style, infectious enthusiasm and wonderful musicianship to the city and orchestra he loves.

Bernhardt is concurrently Principal Pops Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and Principal Pops Conductor and Music Director Emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.

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Bourbon Classic Announces Returns to Louisville in 2019 – Tickets Available Now!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Audience502 partner, the Bourbon Classic, is excited to announce their return to Louisville to celebrate the best of Bourbon at its seventh annual event, February 20 – 23, 2019.

Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.

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Kentucky Opera Appoints Barbara Lynne Jamison as General Director

According to a press release, 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.

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Actors Theatre Presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Actors Theatre of Louisville is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from September 18 – October 10, 2018, presented as part of the Brown-Forman Series. In this Tony Award-winning adaptation of the bestselling novel, autistic teenager Christopher investigates the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog after he’s wrongly accused of the crime.

Tenacious and intelligent, Christopher is an autistic teenager who’s better at solving equations than reading social cues, and he sometimes struggles to navigate a world that’s stubbornly out of sync with how his mind works. But when his investigation uncovers painful truths about his family, he dares to strike out on his own, embarking on a thrilling adventure in this Tony Award-winning adaptation of the bestselling novel.

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How ‘A Christmas Carol’ Became A Holiday Classic

The long-standing annual Holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is underway at Actors Theatre now through December 23rd. Here is a look back at the famous play and how Charles Dickens created what would become a classic tradition and the Invention of Christmas.

When Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843, Christmas wasn’t a major holiday in England. It had become somewhat unfashionable among the middle and upper classes, and the working-class families who did celebrate it barely had time to do so—Ebenezer Scrooge’s reluctance to give Bob Cratchit a day off was no exaggeration!

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