The Louisville Orchestra Celebrates the Holidays with LaKisha Jones from American Idol and Bob Bernhardt

On Saturday, November 24 Bob Bernhardt and the Louisville Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with two concerts filled with Christmas cheer and the phenomenal talent of LaKisha Jones from American Idol! The festivities begin at 11AM with a one-hour concert for the whole family. Bring the kids early to meet Santa in The Kentucky Center lobby and participate in the pre-concert activities! At 8PM, the two-hour LO Pops concert brings more music and magic of the holidays!

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The Kentucky Center presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Dec. 16

The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

Come see all your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” This adventure teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

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Craig Ferguson’s “Hobo Fabulous Tour” @ The Brown Theatre – November 27

The Kentucky Center and NS2 present Craig Ferguson’s “Hobo Fabulous Tour” Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre.

Craig Ferguson is an actor, writer, comedian and most well-known for being host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” which set all-time viewer records during his ten-year run as host. As an acclaimed standup comedian, he has earned two Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album on behalf of his original standup recordings, “Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest” and “I’m Here to Help.”

Ferguson recently concluded his wildly popular daily SiriusXM program “The Craig Ferguson Show” and also received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for his New York Times-bestselling memoir “American On Purpose.”

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Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games at Brown Theatre October 26

The Kentucky Center and Live Nation are proud to present Anthony Jeselnik on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Brown Theatre.

Anthony Jeselnik is a popular American stand-up comedian, most well-known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s “Roasts” and “The Jeselnik Offensive,” as well as hosting season 9 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Jeselnik released his one-hour comedy specials “Caligula” in 2013 and “Thoughts and Prayers” in 2015.

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Kentucky Opera Presents: Enemies, A Love Story – November 9 & 11 – Tickets on sale now!

Ben Moore’s Opera Previously Workshopped at Kentucky Opera Gets Second Full Production November 9 and 11, 2018

What: Enemies, A Love Story | by Ben Moore | Libretto by Nahma Sandrow
When: Friday, November 9th at 8pm and Sunday, November 11th at 2pm
Where: Brown Theatre | 315 W Broadway | Louisville, KY 40202
Tickets: On sale NOW starting at $20. To purchase tickets, visit or call 502.584.7777

Overview:  A brilliant new opera based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer, which also inspired an award-winning film adaptation. Sung in English with projected English supertitles, Enemies, A Love Story was workshopped as part of Kentucky Opera’s Composer’s Workshop Series in 2009 with piano only.

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Gordon Lightfoot Coming to The Brown Theatre


WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway)
COST: Tickets start at $49.50. Kentucky Center members can call the member hotline at (502) 566-5144. Standard tickets are available at, by phone (502) 584-7777, (800) 775-7777, and in-person at The Kentucky Center box office and drive-thru. Please call (502) 566-5111 for information about the range of accessibility options we offer to enhance your performance experience.

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Celebrating Bernstein at 100

As we celebrate his 100th birthday— nearly thirty years after his death—it is an occasion to muse about how history will treat Leonard Bernstein. In an era of increasing specialization, he was an artist of many talents: a pianist, conductor, composer, writer, educator and musical ambassador-at-large. This is almost without parallel today—few artists become so highly skilled at so many disciplines of their craft. There are even fewer who could master so many genres within their purview, as Bernstein did with classical, jazz and popular music, sometimes combining them all at the same time.

We are thrilled to celebrate Bernstein at 100 on Saturday, September 29th at The Kentucky Center – Whitney hall. Teddy Abrams will be the conductor with vocals from Morgan James. For tickets and more information, visit

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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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Scene by Audience: Dracula Premier – September 7, 2018 – Actors Theatre

The premier of Dracula is always one of the most anticipated nights of the season at Actors Theatre. Derived by Bram Stoker in 1897 as a novel, it has been transformed into one of the stage classics and a tradition passage to the fall Halloween season.

Guests came dressed to impressed to this year’s premier on September 7th, and were thrilled from the scenes of Dr. Seward’s sanatorium and environs in Purley, England.

Performances run through October 31st and tickets are available at Actors Theatre.

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The Kentucky Center Presents … Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen – October 17 – The Brown Theatre

Don’t miss an evening with two legendary singers and songwriters, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. The duo will be performing together in Louisville, Kentucky at the Brown Theatre on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 as part of The Kentucky Center Presents series.

Tickets start at $45 and are available at or by calling (502) 584-7777, (800) 775-7777. Tickets can also be purchase in-person at The Kentucky Center box office and drive-thru. Kentucky Center members can call the member hotline at (502) 566-5144. Please call (502) 566-5111 for information about the range of accessibility options we offer to enhance your performance experience.

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Show Spotlight: The Making of Dracula – Sept. 7-Oct. 31 @ Actors Theatre

Dracula is one of the most recognized vampire stories in history. The plot derives from an 1897 novel by Irish author, Abraham Stoker and tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse.

Stoker was born in 1847 in a seaside town north of Dublin, Ireland and suffered a mysterious ailment in his childhood which kept him unable to walk until he was seven. Both of his parents were storytellers: his father, a civil servant, told vivid tales about the theatre. His mother told him Irish folk tales as well as stories from her childhood—stories about drinking the blood of the family cow for nourishment during the Potato Famine and about the cholera epidemic of 1832, during which some victims were mistaken for dead and buried alive.

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The Kentucky Center Presents…Hawktail – September 30

The Kentucky Center is excited to present Hawktail on September 30. Hawktail is an acoustic, instrumentalist band featuring members of the Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings, Crooked Still and A Prairie Home Companion. The Bluegrass quartet’s members include Brittany Haas on fiddle, guitarist Jordan Tice, bassist Paul Kowert and Dominick Leslie on mandolin. Although Hawktail is comprised of experienced musicians, audience members will have an exclusive opportunity to witness the band’s first tour together. Their bluegrass music is sure to please any Kentuckians who attend.

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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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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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Louisville Orchestra Announces Ken Johnson as Interim Executive Director

The Louisville Orchestra welcomes Ken Johnson as its Interim Executive Director. Johnson, a Louisville native, served as the Executive Director of the Greeneville Symphony Orchestra from 2007 – 2012. Prior to this role, he enjoyed a long career as a Human Resources executive for IBM Corporation and Lexmark Corporation.

Additionally, Johnson has worked as a consultant and interim executive for non-profits across the country such as Habitat for Humanity, Make A Wish Foundation, and the Clifton Fine Arts Center.

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Pre-season Kick-off Events with The Louisville Orchestra

FREE Preview Concert Sunday, September 9 – featuring highlights from the upcoming Louisville Orchestra season including works by Mozart, John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and Brahms
Star Wars Trivia Night Wednesday, September 12 – join UpTempo (the LO’s young professionals group) for their kickoff event: Star Wars Trivia Night hosted by the Trivia House at Gravely Brewing at 7PM.
ALL IN Vinyl Release Wednesday, September 19 – Music provided by the NuLou String Quartet. The event is free and open to the public.

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Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup Tour – Friday, Sept 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. – Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Overview: Reese Witherspoon’s new book “Whiskey in a Teacup” gives readers a chance to see what growing up in the South taught her about life, love and work. At this event, fans will learn how Reese Witherspoon entertains guests, decorates her home and makes holidays special for her family. She will be joined by a special guest for the conversation, and audiences will learn how easy it is to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into their home, no matter where they live.

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Henry Rollins: Travel Sideshow Tour – September 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. – Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater

Overview: Henry Rollins first found fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of Black Flag, an American punk rock band. Soon after, he formed the Rollins Band, which toured globally with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.
Rollins has also hosted numerous radio shows, such as “Harmony in My Head” on Indie 103, and television shows such as “The Henry Rollins Show,” The History Channel’s H2 network show “10 Things You Don’t Know About” and the National Geographic television series “Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins.”
Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs from his world travels. As a keen observer, Henry will be bringing stories from journeys all over the globe, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica.

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Louisville’s Favorite Vampire is Back! Actors Theatre Hosts Annual Community Blood Drive on Sept 5 and Dracula begins Sept 7

Overview: Actors Theatre of Louisville and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the return of Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula, in the Bingham Theatre from September 7 – October 31, 2018. With fangs bared and eyes aglow, Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.

For over 20 years, Actors Theatre has brought this exhilarating, high-stakes vampire adventure to Louisville audiences and this year is no exception. 

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Kentucky Center Announces September 1 Date of Returning to Shows

The show must go on for the Kentucky Center, and it officially will very soon.
According to William Landrum, the secretary of the state’s finance and administration cabinet, an “aggressive schedule” has been executed. The state owns the Kentucky Center.

“I think we can all agree (Sept. 1) is good news,” Landrum said.

There’s no clear date on when everything will be completed at the center, and the roof is anticipated to be completed by November. The roof will be worked on during times that shows are not going on.

Plaster in the barrel roof ceiling is being detached this week, which gives officials and crews a better idea of the structural work that needs to be done.

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