Uncertain Future for Iroquois Amphitheater

Since 1938, the Iroquois Amphitheater’s history has included periods of neglect and success. The latter includes a nearly $9 million renovation eight years ago. Now, the economy has driven its major user — Music Theater Louisville — to perform at the Kentucky Center. That and other factors make an uncertain future for the amphitheater. WFPL’s… Continue reading Uncertain Future for Iroquois Amphitheater

Arts Groups Get Economic Stimulus Funds

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced two Louisville organizations will receive direct grants as part of the federal economic stimulus package. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra will each receive a $50,000 grant from the NEA. The two are among more than 600 groups nationwide and seven throughout… Continue reading Arts Groups Get Economic Stimulus Funds

A Louisvillian Learning the Legacy of Alvin Ailey

Today, NPR’s “Morning Edition” aired a feature about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is on a world tour celebrating its 50th anniversary. Next week, it comes to the Kentucky Center. Although Ailey died in 1989, his legacy lives on through the company that performs his works and commissions pieces by other choreographers. It… Continue reading A Louisvillian Learning the Legacy of Alvin Ailey

A New Rite of Spring from The Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet took a bold step in the late ‘70s when it had Mikhail Baryshnikov perform with the company. Those performances helped make it one of the most renowned regional companies in the dance world and beyond. And this weekend the company looks to strengthen its footing with the premiere of a new ballet.… Continue reading A New Rite of Spring from The Louisville Ballet

Ballet Hires New Exectuive Director

The Louisville Ballet has hired a new executive director. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Louisville Ballet announced that Dwight Hutton is the company’s new executive director, replacing Jack Lemmon who left last month to take a job with the Colorado Ballet. Hutton was a dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet through the 1990s before becoming… Continue reading Ballet Hires New Exectuive Director

Arts Groups Watch, Plan for Economic Fallout

Sure, the end-of-the-year holidays have significant meaning for different faiths, but this time is also when arts organizations take stock of their current season…and plan for the next. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on how the current economy is factoring into what we might see and hear in the future. Summer’s high fuel costs and the… Continue reading Arts Groups Watch, Plan for Economic Fallout

Ballet's Executive Director Resigns

The Louisville Ballet announced Tuesday the departure of its executive director. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Jack Lemmon will leave the company effective December 31 to take on the same position at the Colorado Ballet in Denver. He’s been the Louisville Ballet’s executive director since 2003. David Calzi is the president of the ballet’s board of… Continue reading Ballet's Executive Director Resigns

Louisville Ballet’s Executive Director Resigns

The Louisville Ballet just put out this press release: David P. Calzi, President of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Ballet announced today that Jack R. Lemmon, the executive director of the Company since 2003, has made a decision to leave the Louisville Ballet effective December 31, 2008.  Mr. Lemmon has accepted the same… Continue reading Louisville Ballet’s Executive Director Resigns