Category Archives: Central Kentucky Arts News

It’s time to vote in the Lexington Music Awards

David McLean doesn’t mess around. Late in 2014, he had the idea to create the Lexington Music Awards to spotlight local music. By late February, despite some aggressive winter weather, the event happened at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. … Continue reading

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Two University of Kentucky singers advance in Met Auditions

University of Kentucky voice students Shareese Arnold, 29, and Mary Catherine Wright, 21, advanced to the regional round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Saturday, along with two other singers: Nicolette Book, 24, a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of … Continue reading

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Lexington resident Ada Limón on National Book Award longlist

Poet Ada Limón, who moved from the fast-paced publishing world of New York City to the pastoral landscape of Lexington’s horse country in 2011, is on the longlist for the National Book Award in poetry. Her Bright Dead Things, slated to be published … Continue reading

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UK Theatre taking ‘Dispute’ to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The University of Kentucky Theatre is heading across the pond to present an adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s The Dispute at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, next week. The Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival taking place over three weeks and hundreds … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson coming to Rupp Arena

Janet — Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty — will make a return visit to Rupp Arena very early next year. The hitmaking singer of chart toppers like Nasty, Control and youngest sister of the famous Jacksons family will bring her Unbreakable world tour to … Continue reading

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Tony Award winner bows into Lexington ’42nd Street’ cast

Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock in the Lexington Theatre Company‘s production of 42nd Street, July 23 to 26 at the Lexington Opera House. This rounds out the casting for the company’s inaugural production, which mixes a … Continue reading

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AthensWest Theatre Company announces first full season

AthensWest Theatre Company, Lexington’s first theater in several decades to regularly engage actors under contracts with Actors Equity, announced its first full season of plays, Tuesday night. The season, announced at a fund-raising event at Belle’s Cocktail House, includes an … Continue reading

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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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