Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1803) by Christian Horneman.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon.  

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson Programs One Last Season Before Retiring

The Louisville Ballet last staged "Giselle" in 2010.
Credit Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet artistic director Bruce Simpson, who retires in July, will leave behind a new season for his successor. The 2014-15 season opens in September with one of the most popular cornerstones of the classical repertoire. “Giselle” (Sept. 12-13) is a Romantic ballet about a village girl who dies of a broken heart, then is raised from the dead to seek revenge on her beloved, whom she saves instead.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest

Stephanie Gary, co-organizer of Outskirts Festival, plays with Julie of the Wolves.
Credit Marty Pearl

Stephanie Gary and Carrie Neumayer are one-half of the Louisville-based post-punk band Julie of the Wolves. They’re also co-organizers of the upcoming Louisville Outskirts Festival, a non-profit volunteer-run weekend celebrating music made by female-identified artists.

The inaugural Outskirts Fest is planned for October of this year. In addition to lots of live music, the event will include music workshops for girls and exhibit space for women business owners, artists and makers and social justice organizations.

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards

Actors Theatre of Louisville closed its 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. 

These short works joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer

Kateryna Sellers and Eduard Forehand in Val Caniparoli's "Spaghetti Western."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

Friday evening's opening performance of “Complementary Voices,” the culminating program of the 2013-2014 season, demonstrated the strength that has become the Louisville Ballet during Bruce Simpson's twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director. Currently a company of 24 dancers (plus trainees), the Louisville Ballet has acquired a cohesion and depth in recent years with the men's and women's corps being equally strong. At the same time, individual dancer's skills have been allowed to shine in solo roles. Both these attributes were on show during this program.

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Arts and Humanities
7:54 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival Celebrates 'Weird' Music

Adam Sliwinski shows off a chordstick.
Daniel Gilliam WFPL News

After a four-year hiatus, Big Ears Festival returned to Knoxville last weekend. The festival is produced by AC Entertainment, the same folks that put on the annual Bonnaroo and Forecastle music festivals. In this family, Big Ears plays the role of red-headed stepchild (albeit one loved enormously by its father/founder, Ashley Capps).

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Arts and Humanities
3:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO

Credit File photo

Louisville continues to seek answers to a recent spurt of teen violence downtown. Some say tighter security is the answer. Others want to see more teenagers engaged in positive pursuits. Fund for the Arts President and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says the arts are an under-used crime prevention tool for youth. 

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Local News
4:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Mercury Ballroom Opening Delayed, First Concert Canceled

Mercury Ballroom on South Fourth Street.
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Update: The concert has been canceled due to construction issues. Here's a statement from Live Nation:

Due to an unforeseen construction delay, Okkervil River’s concert on Friday night at Mercury Ballroom has been cancelled.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Louisville Native Danica Novgorodoff Chases Ghost Brides in Her New Graphic Novel

From "The Undertaking of Lily Chen."
Credit Danica Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff's new graphic novel, "The Undertaking of Lily Chen," is set in the mountains of northern China, where the ancient custom of ghost brides — the practice of burying a female corpse with an unmarried deceased man so they can be mates in the afterlife — is still practiced by some. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own

Tymika Prince as Celie and Shajuana Motley as Shug Avery in JCC CenterStage's "The Color Purple."
Credit CenterStage

CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center has a hit in their sold-out production of "The Color Purple" musical adaptation. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with a book by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman (a Louisville native),  “The Color Purple” features highly entertaining blues, jazz, ragtime and pop-inspired music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray that allows this adaptation stand on its own feet. 

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