The next Louisville Life, hosted by Candyce Clifft, explores the Kentucky Opera, profiles Vendome Copper & Brass Works, visits The Western Library's new African-American Archives Reading Room, and sits down with the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools. The program premieres Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7/6 p.m. on KET and Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. on KET2.
Founded in 1952 by Maestro Moritz von Bomhard, the Kentucky Opera has entertained Louisvillians with grand productions of both classical and contemporary operas for more than half a century. The program takes a look at its history, the work behind the scenes, and the many ways in which the organization introduces opera to audiences of all ages.
Next, the program visits Vendome Copper & Brass Works, where coppersmiths craft the vessels used in bourbon making. Vendome began a century ago, creating the kettles, tubs, cookers and piping needed by distilleries and breweries, and it weathered the Prohibition era by expanding its line of products. Today, the company is a major supplier of equipment for a wide array of industries, including confectioneries, dairies, food producers, as well as chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Also on this program, Louisville Life visits The Western Library, one of nine original Carnegie libraries of the Louisville Free Public Library. The Western Library has re-opened after a major renovation, with the most significant change being the addition of the African-American Archives Reading Room. In addition to housing historical papers, the reading room houses an extensive collection of material focusing on the African-American experience, some items having been published more than a century ago.
In addition, in the studio, Clifft talks with Donna Hargens, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools. Hargens is a former teacher who has spent the last 23 years as an administrator. She is currently in her second year as JCPS superintendent.
Louisville Life is a KET production, produced and directed by Gary Pahler. Jayne McClew is co-producer, and Angelic Phelps is associate producer.
More information about Louisville Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/loulife.