Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Carla Van Hoose Performs at Kentucky Artisan Center May 20
On Saturday, May 20, musician and singer Carla Van Hoose of Lexington will perform her music from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Carla Van Hoose grew up amongst a family of Scottish storytellers in St. Joseph Missouri. Her family was thoroughly musical and her grandmother was said to have “the loveliest voice in all Buchanan County, MO.” Carla’s Aunt Mac – Miss Francis Marie McPherson Stewart, composed, performed and taught music at Eastern Kentucky University for 27 years.
Carla began singing as a very young child and participated in church choirs, high school choirs and special events. She came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend Eastern Kentucky University where her Aunt Mac was a professor of music. Carla studied English, receiving her BA from Eastern, and then earned a MSW degree which she utilizes in her current occupation as a private practice social worker. She has sung all her life and is self-taught on the instruments she plays having taken a few lessons here and there on guitar.
Carla is an eight year member of the First Presbyterian Church choir in Lexington and has sung under such directors as Marlon Hurst, of the Robert Shaw Chorale, Dr. Everett McCorvey, founder and director of the internationally touring “American Chorale,” and Dr. Gary Anderson of Transylvania University. She was one of the original members of SisterSound a Lexington based choir.
Carla plays a blend of many types of American music – dipping into the repertoire of Folk music, Blues, Bluegrass and occasionally a bit of Rock and Roll. She is drawn to music that conveys feeling, with the lyrics and music weaving together a story or tale. In this way Carla uses music to make connections with people, for she sings songs that tell, teach and entertain her audiences. Her recordings “Old Times and Memories” and her newest release, “Kentucky Home” which features Kentucky songs and themes, are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Carla’s 2006 performance schedule can be found at www.carlasings.com
The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off Interstate 75 at exit 77 (Berea). The Center’s exhibits, shopping, and travel information areas are all open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the café from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from all across the Commonwealth. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the Center’s web site at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Commerce Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.