The Louisville Ballet prides itself on a commitment to dance education within its community, highlighting its dance school as an ideal place to provide movement instruction for toddling tots and graceful grownups alike. Hoofers ages 15 and up can boogie down, up, or backward in time in the adult-division classes, which span all levels of ballet, Zumba, jazz, hip-hop, and tap classes. Classes are held six days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening. These fun, low-pressure classes present an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, dust off old gym or toe shoes, and meet new people, putting an end to awkward dance battles with your cumbersome coat rack.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in their footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The May 25 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.
In 1961, the University of Kentucky's Department of Agriculture needed background music for a film it was producing. Roughly 65 musicians volunteered, including students and faculty from surrounding universities. Fast-forward four years and this motley crew became The Lexington Philharmonic. Central Kentucky's largest arts organization, LexPhil has since performed more than 100 concerts annually, bringing orchestral music into schools and concert venues alike to inspire citizens and bring music to the masses.
Many symphony orchestras take themselves very seriously. And while Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is consummately professional, they also regale audiences with unconventional performances that may involve silent films, comedians, country bands, and Civil War–battle reenactments, a formula that has worked for the past 21 seasons.
"Heavenly Mozart" presents a melodious performance of four pieces composed by the world' most influential Amadeus. The orchestra's chorus takes the stage during the pensive strains of Ave Verum Corpus while 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Gold Medal winner Clara-Jumi Kang uses her bow to reel audience members into the grandiose intricacies of Violin Concerto no. 3. Or, practice your stomp-clap rhythms in time to "The Gospel According to Swing", an afternoon of gospel and jazz standards featuring the trumpet croonings of Byron Stipling, a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra. The passionate performance will provide listeners with a soul-sized dose of "Amazing Grace" and answer the age-old question of what exactly happens when the saints go marching in.
When Victory Theatre opened in 1921 as part of the Main Street Hotel Sonntag complex, the denizens of Evansville were fed a daily diet of high-class vaudeville: a silent movie, comedy skit, organ music, and then a 10-piece orchestra. In 1928, that dependable formula changed when ?talking? pictures arrived, and the venue remained a Loews movie theater until 1971. Having survived a late ?70s stint as a teen-oriented nightclub and a site for Partridge Family reunions, the Victory emerged triumphant after an extensive 1999 renovation. Now with room for 1,900 audience members, the entertainment mecca hosts top-tier musical and comedic touring acts and plays home to the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.