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On the Road at the Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg

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Past Broadcasts:

Sunday, October 1, 2000 at 10:00/9:00 pm CT on KET

Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at 9:30/8:30 pm CT on KET

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This on-the-road edition of In Performance offers an entertaining sampling of music, dance, and drumming in a showcase honoring the contributions of community arts groups to the state’s artistic heritage. Prestonsburg’s Mountain Arts Center provides the stage for the evening’s performances, which range from a community chorus to a group of young African drummers to a local opry.

The program begins with the Lexington Singers performing an original composition by Morehead’s Jay Flippin featuring the words of Kentucky poet James Still. Their set concludes with a rousing gospel number. Jefferson Johnson is the artistic director.

Then Louisville’s River City Drum Corp claims the stage with a dynamic performance of African drumming. Founded in 1993 by Edward White, this Louisville-based group offers children and young adult apprentices the opportunity to learn drumming techniques as well as academic and business skills. The Hoedown Island Cloggers, from Slade, join the Drum Corp on one piece for a unique combination of two cultures and two art forms.

A mini-version of the Kentucky Opry’s musical variety show rounds out the evening. Based at the Mountain Arts Center since its founding in 1990 by Billie Jean Osborne, the Opry members perform a blend of country, pop, and gospel favorites, including a medley honoring the “country music highway”—U.S. 23. Performances by their younger counterparts, the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros, prove that the region’s talent will continue.

The evening concludes with all performers on stage for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Byron Crawford, Courier-Journal columnist and connoisseur of Kentucky culture, hosts the evening’s entertainment.

The Mountain Arts Center (the MAC, for short) opened its doors in October of 1986, thanks in large part to the imagination and hard work of Billie Jean Osborne. In addition to a state-of-the-art 1,000-seat theater, the center contains a fully digital 24-track recording studio, an art gallery, large meeting rooms, and private music instruction rooms. In addition, every room in the facility has teleconferencing capability.

This In Performance program was taped at the MAC in the summer of 2000.



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