The Kentucky Center & Live Nation present Randy Rainbow Live – December 8 at 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He’s been called “the best thing about the 2016 GOP race” by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of TV’s Will & Grace to parodize a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election.

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Louder Than Life Presents Sleep w/ Quintron’s Weather Warlock Produced by The Kentucky Center & Production Simple – Dec. 11 at 8 PM

Stoner metal heroes SLEEP are touring in support of their most recent recording, THE SCIENCES, their first album in two decades. SPIN raves “Sleep’s Crushing Comeback The Sciences Is a 4/20 Miracle” and PITCHFORK confirms “these 40-something dudes have managed to grow up without growing old…these riffs, rhythms, and the mantra-like singing of Al Cisneros are a drug unto themselves.”

Quintron has been making genre-defying noise, soundscape, and house rocking dance music in New Orleans for over 20 years, much of it in collaboration with artist / puppeteer Panacea Theriac aka “Miss Pussycat.” Quintron’s current focus is on a weather controlled analog drone synthesizer called Weather Warlock and a website devoted to streaming its music called Weather For The Blind.

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The Kentucky Center presents Christmas with the Kory Caudill Quintet featuring Chester Thompson – Dec. 15 at 8 PM

A Christmas tradition like no other. Experience the joy of the holiday season as pianist, Kentucky native, and Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts alumnus, Kory Caudill brings his annual Christmas tour to The Kentucky Center. Joining Kory is an all-star cast of musicians, including world renowned drummer Chester Thompson (Genesis, Phil Collins, Weather Report). Bring your friends and family along to hear Christmas favorites and endearing originals in a way you’ve never heard before!

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Experience the inspiring performance of Louisville Orchestra’s Seasonal Masterpiece: Holiday: Handel’s Messiah Nov. 29- Dec. 1


Utterly transcendent! An inspiring performance of this seasonal masterpiece in a location that glows with the grace and joy of Christmas. Kent Hatteberg leads the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Chamber Choir and a select group of soloists at Cathedral of the Assumption. What makes this performance even more divine is its astonishing history.
George Frideric Handel was born in Halle, Germany, in 1685 and died in London in 1759. He composed Messiah in 1741 and led the first performance in the New Music Hall, Dublin, in 1742. The text, taken entirely from biblical passages, was assembled by Charles Jennens. The score calls for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists; chorus; 2 oboes; bassoon; 2 trumpets; timpani; strings; and continuo.
Handel spent most of his adult life living in London, composing dozens of Italian-style operas for a city that couldn’t get enough of them. They were usually successful, but not always; both he and his opera company neared the brink of financial ruin more than once. Eventually Londoners lost their thirst for opera, and though Handel tried desperately to keep his string of successes going, it was no use.

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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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David Sedaris and The Santaland Diaries – Actors Theatre through Dec. 23

What has become one of the most popular holiday performances at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Santaland Diaries brings great humor to the season through December 23rd.

The play was written by David Sedaris, before he became a bestselling author, who once survived by working odd jobs where he could find the opportunity. He picked apples in Oregon. He reinforced the edges of window screens with a stapler (to keep squirrels from invading attics) in Chicago. He cleaned apartments in New York City. And, broke and jobless after first moving to the Big Apple, he got a gig playing an elf at Macy’s “SantaLand,” which would inspire his beloved and hilariously biting personal essay, “Santaland Diaries.””

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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 kyopera.org 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

91.9 WFPK PRESENTS GORDON LIGHTFOOT

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 www.kentuckycenter.org/presents, 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 LouisvilleOrchestra.org

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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 KentuckyCenter.org/presents 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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