31 05, 2017

Gallery Talk: “Rohming Around”

By | 2017-05-31T15:11:59+00:00 May 31st, 2017|A Closer Look, Student Spotlight|

by Mackenzie T. Nichols Biography Thank you all for coming here today to “Rohm” around these beautiful sculptures, I know that the Norton Center Staff and I really appreciate it. What did you come to see today during your common hour on the last day of classes? Well, you came to see five modern abstract sculptures [...]

19 03, 2017

The Origins of Country Music

By | 2017-06-01T14:10:25+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Norton Center Salutes|

On August 21, 1938, Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers was born in Houston, Texas. He arrived at a fortuitous time in the history of country music. In the 1920s, a curious genre that combined Appalachian folk and blues began to gain national attention. It consisted mostly of soulful ballads and up-tempo tunes played at barn dances. [...]

5 03, 2017

Unexpected Mathematics

By | 2017-06-01T14:10:37+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Notes from the Faculty|

One of my favorite aspects of Odd Squad is that the show demonstrates ways mathematical skills and reasoning can be used to solve problems. The show’s mathematical component is embedded in humorous “odd” scenarios, illuminating that math is integrated in our lives away from the Odd Squad screen. When most people think about daily uses [...]

22 02, 2017

Portraits of the Blues

By | 2017-06-01T14:30:50+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Notes from the Faculty|

Uniting African-American spirituals, folk songs, work songs, simple ballads, and call-and-response, the blues burst onto the musical scene in the United States in the first decades of the twentieth century. The popular success of W.C. Handy’s hit Memphis Blues (1914) soon earned him the title of “Father of the Blues,” and inspired many African-American musicians [...]

19 02, 2017

The Baroque Delight in Virtuosity

By | 2017-06-01T14:34:39+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Notes from the Faculty|

Winter is my favorite season. Though undoubtedly each of the four seasons has its highlights, the frosty snow and icy north winds of winter are the most captivating to my ears. I am referring, of course, to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, one of the most perfect examples of program music, or music that is composed [...]

12 02, 2017

Mimesis and Meaning

By | 2017-06-01T14:34:49+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Notes from the Faculty|

In the Republic, Plato famously (or infamously) argues against the practice of imitative arts by those who will guard and rule the just city. Plato claims that those who engage in imitation lack knowledge of the things that they imitate. According to Plato, those who engage in these arts run the risk of taking on [...]

29 01, 2017

Careful the things you say…

By | 2017-06-01T14:34:59+00:00 January 29th, 2017|A Closer Look, Notes from the Faculty|

Without doubt, Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist in the history of the American Musical Theatre. He has made his career by repeatedly reinventing the traditions of the genre into something entirely new. Sondheim was essentially raised by Oscar Hammerstein (composer of South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel, and The King and I, to name but [...]

22 01, 2017

Norton Center Salutes: DecoArt

By | 2017-06-01T14:35:08+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Norton Center Salutes|

From the 115,000 square foot facility located in the rolling hills of Kentucky, DecoArt manufactures one of the broadest lines of acrylic paints and finishes in the world – paints and finishes that are widely known throughout the Craft, Fine Art and Do-It-Yourself markets. The journey began in 1985 as a division of Ceramichrome,  a manufacturer [...]

13 01, 2017

Norton Center Salutes: Sodexo

By | 2017-06-01T14:35:15+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Norton Center Salutes|

Over the past 10 years, Sodexo / Centre College Dining Services have sponsored many events on the Centre campus and have donated thousands of meals to the Danville community. Yearly, the dining team has done 2 events to enlighten the Centre community about hunger issues that exist in Danville and Boyle County. In September of [...]

5 12, 2016

You Eat What You Are

By | 2017-06-02T15:43:23+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Notes from the Faculty|

In 2012, Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts sponsored a program called “We Are What We Eat”, in which authors and panelists Marian Nestle and Daphne Miller discussed the ethical, political, and nutritional implications of our food choices. For 2016, we have turned the table on the topic, with an eye toward the social, [...]