Kathleen Battle’s lyric soprano voice and unique artistry have captivated audiences around the world, making her one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. She has appeared on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the opera houses of Vienna, Paris, San Francisco and Chicago.
Performance Date: March 18, 1997
James Boswell (Kenneth Tigar) is not having a good day. Waking from a fitful sleep, he cries, “Pray for me, Dr. Johnson, my much respected friend. If you can hear me, pray for me,” before he jumps out of bed to run and vomit discreetly offstage. If this sounds like too much obscure history, don’t worry. The program provides the particulars about everybody except Boswell, who tells his own story with great flourish.
Performance Date: March 6, 1999
Founded in 1982 by pianist Joanna Goldstein, clarinetist Dallas Tidwell and violist Harold Levine, Kentucky Center Chamber Players first performed in the Moritz Bomhard Hall at the Kentucky Center. Today, with the support of the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast, the ensemble performs in two of the region’s most acoustically fine venues – the Margaret Comstock Hall at the University of Louisville and the Richard K. Stem Concert Hall at Indiana University Southeast, in addition to less formal venues in the region.
Performance Date: May 1, 1988
Give ’em Hell, Harry! is a biographical play and 1975 film, written by playwright Samuel Gallu. Both the play and film are a one-man show about former President of the United States Harry S. Truman.
Performance Date: November 1, 1984
Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare’s premiere tragedy, King Lear. Lear banishes his beloved younger daughter, Cordelia, only to find that his other daughters, Goneril and Regan, plot against him until he is driven mad.
Performance Date: October 27, 1999
Favorites of Newlin Hall audiences for many years, The King’s Singers return just in time for a joyous holiday musical celebration. Their stunningly high musical standards have earned them a place at the apex of a cappella singing, and they are counted among the world’s elite classical performers. With more than a hundred concerts each year, they continue a sterling forty-year tradition of enchanting audiences around the world with their unique charm, wit, and incomparable musicianship. As the London Times puts it, The King’s Singers are “still unmatched for their musicality and sheer ability to entertain.”
Performance Dates: December 4, 2008; December 10, 2003; October 30, 2001
Connecting dance and music in a visceral language of movement and sound, Seán Curran Company embarks upon a new collaboration with The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles. Travel Songs (working title) is a collaborative work-in-development that will serve as the centerpiece of the touring program of repertory by both companies. The project includes music from acclaimed composer Joby Talbot, to be sung by the six members of The King’s Singers, while the six dancers of Seán Curran Company will articulate Curran’s physical and conceptual exploration of landscape, horizon, and time. This collaborative program presents a wealth of opportunities for classes in dance and vocal techniques, post-performance Q&A’s,and “Meet the Artist” events. For this new project the creative team will include: Mark Randall of World Studio, lighting designer Joe Doran, and costume designer Christina Bullard. Hailed as “fresh…invigorating new American dance,” (Los Angeles Times) Seán Curran Company, led by former STOMP! and Bill T. Jones principal dancer Seán Curran, was formed in 1997 and has since presented more than a dozen premiers in 45 different venues throughout the US, Germany, and France. This year, the State Department selected the Seán Curran Company to tour on behalf of the US to Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan as part of the cultural diplomacy program DanceMotion USA. Returning to the Norton Center after four years, the multiple Grammy®-winning King’s Singers’ high musical standards have earned them a place at the apex of a cappella singing. They are counted among the world’s elite classical performers and remain consummate entertainers; a class-act with a delightfully British wit.
Performance Date: Novembere 16, 2012
In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. During the late 50s & early 60s, the Trio enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame, while influencing the musical tastes of a generation.
Performance Date: October 14, 1983
Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa is one of the world’s most celebrated sopranos. In 1981, she was seen and heard around the world by an estimated 600 million people when she sang Händel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim” at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.
Performance Date: March 5, 2002
Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, “Kiss Me, Kate” recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs — including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” — “Kiss Me, Kate” epitomizes the Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best.
Performance Date: February 25, 2004
The Quartet was founded in 1966 by four students of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest as a continuation of the great Hungarian string quartet tradition. In 1968 the ensemble – called the “Sebestyén Quartet,” at the time (named after the new Quartet’s first violinist) – won the first prize at the International Leo Weiner String Quartet Competition in Budapest. The Quartet has set as its main objective the authentic interpretation of the works of Zoltán Kodály, and gives tremendous importance to the values and traditions that Kodály conceived as essential in musical culture. It is not only Kodály’s works that are frequently performed by the Kodály String Quartet: all major Hungarian composers (Bartók, Dohnányi, Kurtág, Ligeti,) , aswell as most classical composers are represented in its repertoire.The Quartet has also performed on the world premiers of contemporary Hungarian pieces in the last years, including several works dedicated to them – the latest being Petrovics’s 3rd String Quartet at the 2009 Budapest Spring Festival.
Performance Date: November 10, 2003
Kodo means heartbeat, humanity’s most fundamental source of rhythm and the first sound a child hears in its motherÕs womb. Growing from the ancient Japanese art of drumming, or taiko, these incredibly athletic performers build on the centuries-old tradition to create a rhythmic language that speaks to a modern generation. A genuine world treasure, Kodo’s One Earth Tour has taken the company to over three dozen countries for more than 3,000 concerts in locations ranging from war-torn Croatia to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. This is a unique experience you’ll never forget.
Performance Date: March 8, 2005
For 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
Performance Dates: May 10, 1994; November 29, 1990