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Balagula Theatre‘s production of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? starts its final week today with Adam Luckey playing the lead role of Martin. In the video above, Luckey talks about his busy last several weeks balancing the Edward Albee play, which closes Feb. 20, with his new role as host of Bluegrass showcase Red Barn Radio.
Before we completely move on from the 2012 Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, here’s video of guest violinist Jasmine Lin and pianist Alessio Bax performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D Major for violin and piano on the final afternoon of the festival.
The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington presented the world premiere performance of Chris Rogerson’s Summer Night Music Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. This is violinist Jasmine Lin, cellist Priscilla Lee, violist Burchard Tang and pianist Alessio Bax peforming a portion of the final movement, Sleep.
The final performance of the festival is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. I will be live blogging from there.
The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington opened Aug. 31, 2012, at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion with music by Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is the third movement of Philip Jeremy Hall’s “Horn Quintet” performed by violinist Jasmine Lin, cellist Priscilla Lee, horn player Andrew Bain, and violists Burchard Tang and Nathan Cole.
Pioneer Playhouse presents Elizabeth Orndorff’s High Strangeness a play inspired by the alleged alien abduction of three women on U.S. 78 between Stanford and Hustonville, Ky., in 1976. In this scene from the show, which opens tonight (July 24) and runs to Aug. 4, the women (actresses Mary Hodges, Katie Nykanen and Patricia Hammond) report their experience to a government official.
Watch for more on the show later this week here and at LexGo.com.
The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington‘s “flash-mob” ensemble gave its penultimate performance Saturday night at West Sixth Brewing playing pieces by Brahms, Ravel, Golijov and, to end the evening, composer-in-residence Danny Clay. For the finale – thought there was an encore – Clay sat down at his pink First Act toy piano to play a piece he had dubbed Monster Burger for String Quartet and Toy Piano in a Wednesday night appearance on WRFL, though by Saturday it had been toned down to Toy Piano Music.
“When I thought about actually expending ink to write ‘Monster Burger,’ it just didn’t seem right,” Clay said over West Sixth brews Saturday night after the concert.
We sat down with the whole group, which wrapped up its Lexington stand today with a concert at the Chandler Medical Center, to talk about the whole experience of the last week and what they thought. Copious Notes will have a post on that early this week, meanwhile, enjoy Monster Burg … er … Toy Piano Music. (We endorse the original name and long to see ink expended on putting it in a Carnegie Hall program someday.)
SummerFest’s production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire plays through July 22 at at the Arboretum on Alumni Drive. Here’s a scene from the show in which Stanley (Evan Bergman) tells his wife Stella (Ellie Clark) that he suspects he sister has swindled her out of their family’s plantation.
One of the features of SummerFest’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is original music. We talk to director and composer Adam Luckey and Kentucky Conservatory Theatre student composers Sarah Webb and Cameron Taylor about their contributions to the show.
The Divas – Pam Perlman, Joy Davis and Ellen Jenkins – talk about Studio Players’ production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and what it means to be “trashtastic.”
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich