Kentucky Arts Council Expands Performing Arts Directory
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Arts Council has accepted eight performing artists and groups to be added to its Kentucky Performing Arts Directory, an adjudicated roster of performing artists. The directory aids in marketing and promoting Kentucky's performing artists to presenters and performance venues across the nation. Additionally, the Kentucky Arts Council books performers from the directory in various state-sponsored venues throughout the year.
The new Performing Arts Directory artists and groups are: LaMay & Reese, Burnside; Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Paducah; Pamela Holcomb, Putney; Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Horse Cave; J. Harden Pope, Danville; Michael Fogler, Lexington; Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro; and Bob and Susie Hutchison, Frankfort.
Acceptance into the Performing Arts Directory is based on artistic excellence, performance experience and marketing capacity, as judged by an independent panel of performing arts professionals. There are currently 92 individual artists or groups participating in the Performing Arts Directory program. For a complete listing of performing artists on the directory, including contact information and sample clips, go to http://artistdirectory.ky.gov.
The next opportunity to apply for inclusion in the Performing Arts Directory program is March 15, 2009. For application guidelines, go to http://artscouncil.ky.gov/guide/prog3/pad_gdl.html
The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Contact information, Web sites and brief descriptions of new Performing Arts Directory artists and groups are listed below, by county.
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J. Harden Pope, Danville, Ky.
Contact: John Pope
Description: J. Harden Pope plays jazz piano with blues and folk roots, often with bass and drum accompaniment. Since 2004, he has been playing trombone with two well known Lexington bands: The Swells, playing New Orleans jazz and other styles popular music, and the Big Maracas, a Salsa band that accompanies Venezuelan singer, Enrique Gonzalez.
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro, Ky.
Contact: William Price
Description: Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (OSO) is western Kentucky's premier producer of live classical concerts and music education programs. The OSO performs classical music for chamber ensemble, chamber orchestra and full orchestra, including symphonies, concerti and other works as well as opera and choral repertory. In addition, the orchestra performs educational concerts and pops music, which includes light classical and popular music.
Michael Fogler, Lexington, Ky.
Contact: Michael Fogler
Description: Michael Fogler is a solo classical guitarist with more than 30 years of experience as a professional musician. He performs in a wide range of genres, including Renaissance, Baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, and Spanish and Latin American music.
Bob and Susie Hutchison, Frankfort, Ky.
Contact: Bob Hutchison
Description: Bob and Susie Hutchison have performed and taught dulcimer at many festivals throughout the Southeast since 1984. They have performed at a variety of venues, including state and city parks, private gatherings, restaurants and television programs.
Pamela Holcomb, Putney, Ky.
Contact: Pamela Holcomb
Description: Pamela Holcomb is a mountain storyteller. She tells traditional tales she learned from her own family and community as well as stories about her 30 years as a teacher.
Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Horse Cave, Ky.
Contact: Mary Margaret Villines
Description: Kentucky Repertory Theatre (KRT) is a resident, equity company producing a variety of theatre classics and recognised modern drama in a rotating repertory format. KRT employs a classic approach to theatre performances. Company members, professionals in every way, create memorable theatre experiences for all age groups.
Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Paducah, Ky.
Contact: Darlene Dreyer
Description: The Paducah Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center for the Performing Arts and encompasses a wide range of ensembles, including the professional orchestra, Paducah POPS, a 65-member symphony chorus and a multi-county 60-member children’s chorus.
LaMay & Reese, Burnside, Ky.
Contact: Joe LaMay
Description: LaMay & Reese are an old-time, folk and bluegrass duo. Joe LaMay plays guitar and sings, and Sherri Reese plays old style banjo and sings. Their original compositions are written in the old style and include a unique blend of folk, bluegrass and vocal harmonies that have the sound of early mountain music.