Arts and Humanities
11:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Louisville LGBT Choir Celebrates 20 Years in Concert

VOICES of Kentuckiana formed in 1994 to give gays, lesbians and supportive others the opportunity to sing together in a non-competitive environment. It's part of an international movement - LGBT choirs have flourished in metropolitan areas since the late 1970s, when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus paved the way for other chorale groups to help raise the visibility of LGBT and related social issues through musical performance. This weekend, the group celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reunion concert focused on the group's rich history and its legacy of advocacy.

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Arts and Humanities
3:34 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Louisville Bach Society Founder Melvin Dickinson, 77, Dies

Melvin Dickinson
Credit Calvary Episcopal Church

Melvin Dickinson, who founded the Louisville Bach Society with his wife Margaret, died of a heart attack Friday morning in his Louisville home.

He was 77. 

Founded in 1964, the Louisville Bach Society performed choral masterpieces from all musical periods, but specialized in a repertoire of J.S. Bach's masses, passions, oratorios and cantatas. The organization closed in 2011, following the Dickinsons' retirements. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

If You Wanna Sing Out: Louisville LGBT Choir Stages Inclusive Holiday Show

Voices of Kentuckiana is not your average community choir. Founded in 1994, the choir was established as an LGBT choir that welcomes all. Not only does the ensemble not require auditions, they emphasize that ability (even musical) is a spectrum. 

"We are inclusive of anyone in the community – gay, straight, transgendered, supportive others. We are open to absolutely anyone, regardless of musical ability and lifestyle choices," says co-director Alyse Oliver, who has performed with the choir since 1998. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Harry Pickens Sets Wendell Berry Poems to Song for Louisville's Voces Novae

Voces Novae rehearses Harry Pickens' new compositions of Wendell Berry poems
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Inside a rehearsal room at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Voces Novae conductor Frank Heller leads his singers through a song based on a Wendell Berry poem while composer Harry Pickens accompanies them on piano. Pickens has adapted ten Berry poems for choral performance for the ensemble’s season opener, “I Go Among Trees.”

“If you focus on the text, then the music will illumine the text. The music is never more important than the text,” Heller tells his singers.

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