The Norton Center for the Arts extends its reputation as Central Kentucky’s home for intriguing mashups this coming season with a number of shows that take seemingly divergent genres and drop them on the same stage.
Leading both those sorts of shows and the marquee names on the season is award-winning actor John Malkovich in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, which combines the drama of twice-convicted Austrian murderer Jack Unerweger with classical music performed by two sopranos and a baroque orchestra. The Associated Press’ Mark Kennedy wrote, “It’s hard to believe, but John Malkovich has found a way to appear even creepier.”
The season also includes banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt performing their Night collaboration, and a pairing of radio play and graphic novel with The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth.
Among the other names on the series are the Blues Brothers Revue, a show sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, John Belushi’s widow; American Idol 2011 winner Scotty McCreery; and vocal improviser Bobby McFerrin performing his spiritual show.
Here’s the schedule:
Newlin Hall series
Sep 21: The Official Blues Brothers Revue, based on the original Blues Brothers.
Oct 10: Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet, contemporary classical.
Oct 30: Balé Folclórico Da Bahia, Brazilian folk dance company.
Nov 1: Scotty McCreery, country.
Nov 16: Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider, banjo and string quartet.
Nov 18: Beyond Glory starring Stephen Lang, one-man show about seven Congressional Medal of Honor winners.
Nov 24: Cesar Millan Live!, National Geographic host speaking about human-dog interaction.
Dec 6: Take 6 – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, holiday concert.
Feb 7: The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth, radio-like drama performed in front of projections of graphic novel images.
Feb 15 ,16: Circus Oz, Australian circus group.
Mar 11: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Mar 15: Pablo Ziegler Quartet and Stefon Harris in Tango Meets Jazz.
Mar 28: H.M.S. Pinafore, operetta performed by New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.
Apr 4: Motionhouse, dance theater.
Apr 17: Bobby McFerrin, performing spirituals program, spirityouall.
May 5: The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer with John Malkovich, a baroque orchestra and two sopranos.
Club Weisiger series
Sept. 6: Charles Ross’ One Man Lord of the Rings.
Oct 18: Darius De Haas, popular song.
Feb 13: Fatoumata Diawara, contemporary folk from Mali.
Feb 22: Night: an evening with Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt, classical, folk and rock
Apr 2: Dublin Guitar Quartet, classical.
May 10: club weiSINGER/SONGWRITER Festival, rising artists, includes workshops.
The Norton Center for the Arts has a wide variety of subscription series options on sale now. See the center’s website. Single seat tickets go on sale Aug. 19.