Category Archives: Central Kentucky Arts News

Former UK singer wins in Metropolitan Opera Auditions

University of Kentucky graduate Reginald Smith Jr. was one of five winners Sunday afternoon in the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is only the second UK winner in the auditions, widely considered to be the … Continue reading

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UK graduate heading to Met auditions finals

Reginald Smith Jr., who took an overnight Greyhound bus ride from Atlanta to Lexington to win a full scholarship to University of Kentucky’s voice program in 2007, has advanced to the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. … Continue reading

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2015 MoonTower Music Festival lineup

The lineup for the second annual MoonTower Music Festival has been released, featuring names familiar to both people who went to last year’s event and local and regional music fans. The big changes in the second edition of the event are a … Continue reading

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UK sends two singers to Met Auditions semi-finals

University of Kentucky bass Matthew Turner won the Mid-South Regional Round of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions Saturday at UK’s Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, and has advanced to the audition’s national semi-finals, March 15 on the stage of the Metropolitan … Continue reading

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Weekend arts and entertainment cancellations

After pretty much wiping out the week in Central Kentucky, Old Man Winter has not given up, and a number of arts and entertainment events are getting out of his way. Here’s a look a cancellations and postponements due to weather. … Continue reading

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Parks and Rec shows it can revive Downtown Arts Center

When the Lexington Department of Parks and Recreation took over management of the Downtown Arts Center in July, new director Celeste Lewis was prepared for a getting-to-know-you period before arts groups and presenters bought into the new era. But quite … Continue reading

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Notebook: The Lexington Theatre Company’s Concert with the Stars

More pictures: Click here for our Concert with the Stars photo gallery. A new theater company announcing 42nd Street as its first show makes a statement that can be freely translated as, “We’re not messing around.” The 1980 Tony Award winner for best … Continue reading

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Former UK viola professor Deborah Lander, an advocate for CPR training, has died

Deborah Lander, the world-renowned violist who brought an Australian accent to the University of Kentucky’s string program and became an advocate for CPR training after her own cardiac arrest, died Friday in England. She was 49. Her sister, Sara Allsopp … Continue reading

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Follow up: The ‘Amahl’ countertenor went on

We ended last week noting some drama around the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Countertenor Joshua Steinbach, whose voice reportedly helped persuade UK Opera to revive the show, fell ill on … Continue reading

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Christmas arts overdrive

My birthday is Nov. 28. So I always know that if my birthday falls on Thanksgiving or that weekend — Black Friday baby, this year — Christmas is coming fast. And there’s nothing like being an arts editor to affirm … Continue reading

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