On the Road to The Kentucky Center
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Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 9:00/8:00 pm CT on KET
Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 10:00/9:00 pm CT on KET
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In September 2003, In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion went on the road to The Kentucky Center in Louisville for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The centerpiece of the evening is the premiere of a suite of three dance and music performances celebrating the diversity of Kentucky arts. Performing in this “Kentucky Collage” are the Imani Dance and Drum Company, Hog Operation and the Kentucky Cloggers, and the Gordon Dance Project performing to music by cellist Michael Fitzpatrick.
A tribute to the winners of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts over the past 25 years follows. The Kentucky Arts Council established the awards in 1978 with the Milner Award, named for the first chairman of the organization (then known as the Arts Commission), B. Hudson Milner. Since then, the number of annual awards has grown to nine, although the Milner Award remains the most prestigious statewide honor. These awards reflect the diverse ways in which Kentuckians foster the arts, from creating and performing to providing financial support and education. To date, 153 recipients have been honored, many of whom were in the live audience for the anniversary tribute.
The program ends with two stellar performances, with the first by the nationally and internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, founded and directed by Everett McCorvey of Lexington. Wrapping things up is the Kentucky Jazz Connection, featuring a group of some of Louisville’s top jazz musicians performing together for the first time.
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