Monthly Archives: March 2009

Actors Guild play heading to New York

Brian Hampton’s Checking In, which had its world premier production at Actors Guild of Lexington in 2005, will be presented at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City this summer. Actors Guild artistic director Richard St. Peter will … Continue reading

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rctalk: Mandisa’s “Freedom”

Review: Mandisa, Freedom That some editions of Mandisa’s Freedom contain a cover of the 1979 Sister Sledge classic We Are Family may initially sound funky and cool. But it is actually indicative of one of the problems with the sophomore … Continue reading

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Brooks’ bourbon bottle benefits UK Symphony

I will never again see news of the Keeneland-Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle events without thinking of how Tom Eblen succinctly summed up the Central Kentucky rite of spring last year: It has to be one of Kentucky’s stranger traditions: Buy … Continue reading

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Philharmonic search: What have we learned?

Here’s our slide show of the candidates in the Lexington Philharmonic’s music director search. Mouse over the bottom to get controls. Click on the little comment cloud to the left to activate captions. If you click on a photo, it … Continue reading

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Philharmonic search ends with Mei-Ann Chen

When the search for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra‘s new music director began, Tubby Smith was still the basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. Friday, the same day Smith’s successor was dismissed, the search for a new Philharmonic music director … Continue reading

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American Idol: Judges have to save the save

Tonight, we got the spectacle of American Idol‘s judges acting like they might just use their save on Michael Sarver. Seriously. I don’t even think Sarver expected they would do that. He seems like a nice guy with a sweet … Continue reading

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Live this Weekend: Mei-Ann Chen

Click the play button to hear Mei-Ann Chen chat about how she got into music to entertain her parents and when she realized her dream of conducting an orchestra: [podcast]http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/files/2009/03/090324phil-chen-podcast.mp3[/podcast] Copious Notes podcasts are available on iTunes. As a student … Continue reading

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rctalk: Israel Houghton — ‘The Power of One’

Review: Israel Houghton, The Power of One Few Christian pop artists have as many styles at their disposal as Israel Houghton. His music usually comes in a modern gospel style, but he also has funk, hip hop, ballads, a world … Continue reading

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Glennie will open Philharmonic’s 2009-10 season

As season announcements go, this is about as spare as it gets, but that is because the Lexington Philharmonic still has to choose a music director. According the orchestra’s season-ticket solicitation letter, the Phil’s 2009-10 season will open with percussion … Continue reading

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Public reading

ELandF Gallery has an intriguing little project up its sleeve. It is searching for someone to read a book, “a book that has extraordinary meaning to the reader,” in a parking space at the corner of Short and N. Limestone … Continue reading

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